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Sex determination racket busted in Gurgaon

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Chandigarh: District administration today busted an alleged sex determination racket at a private hospital in Gurgaon.

Acting on a tip-off, a team led by Gurgaon Deputy Commissioner, T L Stayaprakash, took a decoy customer to a Lady Health Visitor (LHV) at Primary Health Centre, Bhondsi, who allegedly demanded Rs 20,000 for getting an ultrasound done, an official spokesperson said.

After the sum was paid, the LHV took the woman to Bhatnagar Hospital on Railway Road, Gurgaon, where a receptionist conducted the ultrasound on the foetus, in violation of the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PCPNDT) Act, 1994.

The patient was not registered and Form-F, which is mandatory under the Act, was not filled prior to the test, he added.

The spokesman said an FIR was recommended to be registered against four persons, including the hospital owner B M Bhatnagar, a gynaecologist, receptionist and the LHV.

An ultrasound machine was sealed, he said.

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