Minister talks tough under PNDT Act but dismisses allegations on Ibrahim

DHOs to face suspension if they fail to crack down on unauthorised scanning centres by Jan 24

Bengaluru: The authorities concerned are yet to take any action against State Planning Board vice-chairman CM Ibrahim, who is accused of allegedly forcing his four-month-old pregnant daughter to undergo abortion. But on Monday, the health minister warned the district health officers (DHOs) of suspension if they fail to register criminal complaint against unauthorised scanning centres by January 24.

Addressing media persons here on Monday, the minister was not clear in his reply when the reporters asked about Ibrahim against whom an FIR has been lodged by his daughter Iffa’s in-laws. “This is a personal matter of CM Ibrahim. The state government is concerned about poor alone,” the minister said. When the reporters persisted whether the Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (REgulation and Prevention of Misuse) Act, 1994 differs from poor to rich, the minister gave evasive answers.

He said district health officers who fail to take action against such centres in their respective districts will be suspended by January 25. Under Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (Regulation and Prevention of Misuse) Act, 1994 sex identification and sex determination is prohibited. Yet, many centres - which are not registered with the health department carry out these acts under cover. The government has decided to act tough on these centres, radiologists and doctors who do not follow the norms while scanning the foetus.

Meanwhile, a panel to check female foeticide cases has been formed with Kripa Alva – Child Rights Commission, chairperson – at the helm. The Samiti has been asked to submit reports from Vijayapura and Mandya districts where such cases are on the rise in a month.​

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