Fertility centre slapped with a fine of Rs 2 lakh for cheating childless couples

Fertility centre slapped with a fine of Rs 2 lakh for cheating childless couples

Submitted by alvin on Thu, 2017-02-23 10:32 Bengaluru: An unauthorised fertility centre which used to run by unqualified doctors and cheated a number of childless couples who sought treatment here has been slapped with a fine of Rs 2,00000 for its unfair trade practice.Bellary based P Suresh and his wife Arundhathi who had no issues approached the centre after they saw an advertisement about the centre on TV. Base Fertility Centre (A Unit of Poorva Deeksha Advanced Clinical Laboratory, C/o Shrusti Global Diagonostic Pvt Limited) assured about 100 per cent fertility and success through their treatment.Trusting their claims the couple approached them.  The treatment was started and Suresh and Arundhathi followed all the instructions and underwent all medical checkups as per the advice of the doctors in the centre. Suresh spent nearly Rs.2,00,000 for the treatment.But there was no positive result even after taking a treatment for more than 10 months. Every time Suresh questioned about delay in the results the doctors would give evasive answers. During the treatment, Suresh and his wife suffered from severe headache, back pain, sleepiness, obesity and gastric trouble. Also, Arundhathi suffered irregular periods due to the improper, immature and illegal medical treatment given at the Base fertility centre.  Meanwhile, Suresh learnt through media that the fertility centre has adopted unfair trade practice. Without having the academic qualifications, it cheated patients people for money by giving false advertisement. Armed with proof, Suresh knocked the door of Bangalore district consumer disputes redressal forum.The forum took note of earlier complaints which questioned the academic qualification of the experts in the centre. The forum also took note of police complaints that were lodged against the centre and other other necessary documents. These material evidences proved deficiency in the service provided by the centre.Considering these evidences, the forum the directed Base fertility centre to pay a sum of Rs 2,00,000 to Suresh couple along with Rs 1,000 towards cost of the proceedings.