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Doctor cum ex-MLA arrested for sex determination tests

Former MLA of the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD), who is also a doctor, was caught for allegedly performing sex determination tests in Indri village of Kamal district in Haryana, reports said.

On Sunday, the doctor namely Ashok Kashyap was arrested by the state police and food and drug and administration, after receiving many complaints. The Times of India reported that a woman – deemed to be a nurse was also arrested with Kashyap for her involvement in the illegal tests.

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Agency reports said Kashyap had allegedly charged Rs. 13,000 for carrying out the illegal test from the patients who came to him.

A lot of abortion pills were recovered from Kashyap’s clinic, albeit no evidence of selling them was acquired, as stated by one police officer.

TOI also reported that along with equipments and medicines needed for the sex determination tests, an unregistered ultra sound machine was also discovered from the site – where Kashyap used to live on the first floor and the clinic was on the ground floor, as stated by inspector Balbir Singh, Station House Officer of Indri police station.

Kashyap and the nurse were booked under Prenatal Diagnostic Techniques (regulation and prevention of misuse) Act, 1994 (PNDT) Act at Indri Police Station.

The food and drug administration department (FDA), gathered information from one of their senior officials, who is connected to “Beti Bachao Beti Padhao” venture about Kashyap performing such illegal sex determination tests for the past few years with the assistance of a chain of villagers and health workers.

Utilizing this piece of information, FDA arranged a snare for Kashyap where a woman visited him to determine the sex of her fetus. As he did the deed, and established that the fetus was a boy, the FDA team invaded the clinic and captured him red-handed as the cops scuttled to the site as well and arrested him.

As per the 2011 Census, the sex ratio of India is 940 females per 1000 males. Chandigarh, which the capital city of Haryana accounted the third lowest state or union territory of India for sex ratio with 818 females per 1000 males.

Child sex ratio, which comes in the age group of (0-6) years, has been a major concern since 2001. The 2001 Census showed that Chandigarh, among the states and Daman and Diu, among the union territories, recorded the poorest child sex ratio with 800 females per 1000 males.

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