Special team to curb gender tests in Gurugram

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For the first time, a special team has been formed by the district administration to keep a check over sex determination cases in Gurgaon as part of Haryana's 'Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao' campaign. 

The team, which includes senior health officials and will be assisted by the police department, is tasked with tracking down violation of the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PCPNDT) Act, 1994, in the entire district. Violation of the Act is a cognizable and non-bailable offence.

District drug controller Amandeep Chauhan and chief of the Red Cross Society, Shyam Sunder, have been appointed as the team's duty magistrates. Chief medical officer Pushpa Bishnoi is also part of the team."The team will keep a strict vigil around 24-hour operational ultrasound machines in both urban and rural areas. The police department will also be involved in tracking sex selection cases," a release said.

Apart from the team, 100 Asha and 100 Anganwadi workers will be roped in to keep an eye on any suspicious activity relating to sex determination cases in the district.

"The steps taken by the Gurgaon team to keep a check over sex selection cases have been appreciated at the state level. However, we are still receiving information about suspicious activities reportedly going on in and around the district. So there is a need to form a bigger team to keep a check over PNDT cases," deputy commissioner TL Satyaprakash told TOI on Friday.

The chief of the Red Cross Society said, "Not just health workers and government employees, we will form teams of college students, auto-rickshaw drivers etc. to become informers and report any suspicious activity to the department. There is a need for people to work with the department to save the girl child in Haryana."

The administration has also assured that the name and identity of those who want to share any information about suspicious sex-selection cases will not be revealed. Besides, they will be entitled to a cash reward of Rs 1 lakh.

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