A couple in Hyderabad were arrested by the Medipally police in the city, for conducting prenatal sex determination tests at their private clinic in Peerzadiguda. The accused were identified as 34-year-old Chanda Vijaya Kumar and his wife, 33-year-old Dr Chanda Swathi.
The police said that Vijaya Kumar was a lab technician while Swathi was a Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (BAMS) doctor.
Officials received a tip off about the tests being conducted at the Venkateshwara Diagnostic centre in Budha Nagar and accordingly, a decoy operation was conducted with a pregnant woman constable working in the city's SHE Teams.
“Upon investigation, it came to light that they were running the diagnostic centre without permission. Based on their confession, a scanning machine, Rs 6,000 cash and two mobile phones were seized from the clinic,” Medipally inspector B. Anji Reddy was quoted as saying.
The couple was booked under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques Act. They were later produced in front of a local court and sent to judicial remand.
The police said that the investigation was ongoing and further details would be revealed soon.
This is not the first such case to come to light in the city as in August this year, two doctors were arrested on charges of conducting prenatal sex determinations in Uppal and charging Rs 7,500 for the same. The racket was busted after a decoy operation was set up by the Rachakonda SHE Team.
In April this year, police arrested three persons, including two doctors, who were part of the management of Gayathri Nursing Home at Saidabad after it was brought to the Hyderabad High Court’s notice that the nursing home was promoting female foeticide. The petitioner also submitted video evidences to support his claim.
The videos were seen by a division bench, following which the court directed the authorities to ensure that the place was shut down until further orders.