In a collaborative effort, a team consisting of the Assistant Commissioner, Sub-divisional Magistrate, and the Family Welfare Department conducted a thorough raid on Yash Hospital in Belagavi.
The primary objective of this operation was to investigate serious allegations of the hospital engaging in gender determination tests on fetuses, a clear violation of the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PCPNDT) Act of 1994.
Prompted by multiple complaints, the raid was executed on a Thursday night, targeting the hospital’s involvement in these illicit practices. Swiftly, the officials took decisive action by sealing the ultrasound scanning machine and the scanning room, effectively halting any further illegal activities. Furthermore, a formal notice was issued to the hospital, demanding a comprehensive response within one week.
The raid was carried out by probationary IAS officer Shubham Shukla, Belagavi Assistant Commissioner Shravan Kumar, District Family Welfare Officer Dr. Vishwanath M Bhovi, and health inspectors Manjunath Bisanalli and Halappa Wodeyar.
The action was taken following numerous complaints received by Belagavi Deputy Commissioner Nitesh Patil against the hospital management for conducting gender determination tests on fetuses.