Husbands arrested for forcing wives to get sex determination test

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For the first time in India, the husbands of two women undergoing the test inside a car on a Solapur Road have been arrested, along with the doctors who were carrying portable machines and didn’t even have a medical degree. Till now, only doctors have been booked under the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PCPNDT) Act, 1994, for carrying out sex determination tests. Dr Hanumant More and Dr Tushar Gade — who were neither radiologists, sonologists nor possessed any medical degree — were performing the tests and were caught red-handed by the cops who were on a regular patrolling.

The police officials became suspicious on seeing the car parked at the roadside for more than two hours. When they started questioning the people inside, they confessed to the crime, after which a team from the PCPNDT’s Pune division department was rushed to the spot. “We noticed that Gade (from Mhaswad, Satara) and More (from Malshiraj, Solapur), both of whom held Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS) and Bachelor of Homoeopathic Medicine and Surgery (BHMS) degrees, were performing a sonography on two women who already had female children. One woman confessed to having three, and the other, five daughters. They were forced by their husbands to undergo sonography, so that they do not give birth to a girl child again,” Pune district civil surgeon Dr Sanjay Deshmukh told Pune Mirror.

The husbands’ names were Vilas Dange and Popat Chavan, both from solapur. The Pune PCPDNT officials will also be filing a case in court against the husbands. This will be the first the first time that along with the doctors, husbands will also be booked.