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Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques

(Prohibition of Sex Selection) Act, 1994

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Shri Yogi Adityanath
Hon'ble Chief Minister, Uttar Pradesh
Shri Jai Pratap Singh
Hon'ble Minister of Medical Health and Family Welfare, Uttar Pradesh
Shri Devesh Chaturvedi
Principal Secretary, MH & FW, Uttar Pradesh
Dr. Umakant
D.G., Family Welfare

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Welcome to PC & PNDT

Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (Regulation and Prevention of Misuse) Act, 1994 (PNDT) was passed in 1994 to stop female foeticides and arrest the declining sex ratio in the country. This act banned the use of sex selection techniques before or after conception. However, this was not followed up by effective implementation, mainly because it did not specify the techniques of sex selection and it did not bring all techniques within its ambit. Then, the need for smaller families – led to even more intensified misuse of such technologies, cutting across barriers of caste, class, religion and geography to ensure that at least one child, if not more, is a son.

With the advent of new sophisticated pre-conception sex selection technologies like sperm separation, the girl child’s elimination started becoming more subtle, refined and probably also more socially acceptable.

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