DISTRICT LEVEL WORKSHOP- 2011-12
One Day District Level Workshop was organized on “Medico legal Aspects of The Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (Regulations & Prevention of Misuse)Act, 1994” on Date 25 January 2012.
Theme of The Workshop:
The PCPNDT Act was brought into operation w.e.f. 1st January, 1996. This Act was intended to regulate the use of pre-natal diagnostic techniques for detecting genetic and metabolic disorders, chromosomal abnormalities, certain congenital mal-formations and/or sex linked disorders. In practice the techniques for pre-natal determination of sex of the foetus led to female foeticide and reinforced the gender bias. This technology is misused on a large scale for sex determination of the foetus, and mostly if the foetus is pronounced as female, this prompts termination of pregnancy bringing to an abrupt end the growth of an unborn child. It also prohibits any advertisements relating to pre-natal determination of sex and prescribes punishment for its contravention. The person who contravene the provisions of this Act is punishable with imprisonment and fine. Offences under the Act are : (a) determination of sex-selection before or after conception, (b) non-registration under Section 3, (c) conduct of PNDT under Section 4, (d) Communication of sex of foetus under Section 5, (e) determination of sex under Section 6, (f) under Section 29. Further, S.27 states that every offence under this Act shall be cognizable, non-bailable, and non-compoundable. In 2002, mass amendment has been made under this Act, in pursuant of decreasing the female ratio in the country. The punishment under the Act was increased to 5 years’ imprisonment or fine Rs. 1,00,000.
As a part of our commitment to offer to society, makers and upholders of law, installing into them, virtues of Integrity, Loyalty and Social Values, it is high time to save the girl child from the menace of female foeticides in India. Let us come together to save womanhood.
|1||Dr. Nivedita Pawar||The Growing female Foeticide Hampering Sex Ratio in India-Medical Perspectives,|
|2||Adv. Indrayani Patni||Statutory and Judicial Paradigms to protect women from the menace of Female Foeticide.|
|3||Adv. Varsha Deshpande||Critical Appreciation of the Laws in Books and the Laws in action with necessary reforms to save the womanhood-NGO Perspectives.|
To grace the function, Smt. Bhavana P. Thaker, Principal Judge, Family Court, Nashik was the Chief Guest. Smt. Yogita Pathak, District Women and Child Development Officer, Nashik, Hon. Subhash Deshmukh (Bade Sir), Managing Trustee N.E.S., Adv. K. K. Ghuge, LMC Member, were present as Guest of Honou