Handbook of Pre-conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques Act, 1994 and Rules with Amendments, 2006.
Annual Report on Implementation of the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Technique Act 2006.
The apex court is hearing a PIL, which was filed in 2006 by NGO Voluntary Health Association of Punjab, for effective implementation of the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques
Act of 1994.
Due to this attitude, pre-natal diagnostic techniques
legitimize and entrench an essentially negative and unjust thought process-which leads towards large scale extermination of female foetuses.
But adds that not many are aware that Section 23, sub-section 3 of the Pre-Conception and Pre-natal Diagnostic Techniques
(PCPNDT) Act which states that even those who seek the aid of a ultrasound clinic or medical practitioner "for sex selection or for conducting pre-natal diagnostic techniques
on any pregnant women shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to three years or with a fine.
The Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques
Act, 1994, calls for strict action against sex-selective tests and abortion, but some doctors in the state continue to help parents eager to have a son and ready to abort a female foetus, says a Satara-based activist who has conducted 34 sting operations on sonography centres in the state.
Fear of dowry to be paid for the marriage of daughters and spending on their education prods many families to deliberately cut the number of children, sadly through the foeticidal technique even though it is punishable under the Pre-natal Diagnostic Techniques
(Regulation and Prevention of Misuse) Act, 1994.
The couple had been charged with causing death by negligence under the Indian Penal Code and also under Pre-conception and Pre-natal Diagnostic Techniques
Laadli, the girl child campaign of Population First, which works towards projecting a positive image of girls, "aims to harness people's power to push the government into enforcing the Pre-conception and Pre-natal Diagnostic Techniques
Act effectively and stopping the heinous practice of sex selection", says A L Sharada, director, Population First, a non-governmental organisation involved with women's social development.