2 doctors held for sex determination tests

Police Arrest
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HYDERABAD: A sex determination racket was busted and three persons, including two doctors of a private hospital in Attapur , were arrested on Thursday.

Acting on a complaint lodged by Rangareddy district medical & health office (DMHO) officials, Chaitanyapuri police busted the racket and arrested two doctors — Sarala and Ayesha Fatima — of Ushodaya Hospital, Attapur, and an auto-rickshaw driver, Anjaneyulu.

According to police, DMHO officials were tipped off that Anjaneyulu and a few others had been acting as agents in helping couples wanting to know sex of their unborn child.

Anjaneyulu used to take the interested pregnant women to Sarala and Fatima of Ushodaya Hospital, where in they reportedly conducted sex determination tests.

After nabbing Anjaneyulu, based on his confession, Chaitanyapuri police went to Ushodaya Hospital and confronted the two doctors about the allegations that they were conducting sex determination tests.

“The two doctors confessed that they performed sex determination tests. We could find three women on whom the tests were earlier performed. Anjaneyulu had been collecting Rs 9,000 from each patient. Anjaneyulu and his associates used to take Rs 6,000, while they used to give the remaining Rs 3,000 to the doctors,’’ Chaitanyapuri inspector R Saidulu told TOI.

Police arrested the three accused under Sections 420, 406 of the IPC and Section 23 of The Preconception and Prenatal Diagnostics Techniques (Prohibition of Sex Determination) Act.

The officials were yet to ascertain for how long the accused had been committing the offence.