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Gender tests: Haryana teams raid Uttar Pradesh clinics

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Chandigarh: Haryana’s health department teams carried out raids in Bulandshahr and Bareilly districts of Uttar Pradesh (UP) on Sunday and Monday to unearth a racket in which pregnant women from Haryana were going to the neighbouring state for sex-determination tests.

In Bulandshahr, a team of health officials from Haryana raided a private hospital called Kirpal Hospital. The same team had earlier laid a trap for two touts from Dharuhera in Haryana’s Rewari district, Sandeep Sharma and Naveen, and arrested them. A pregnant woman had been used as a decoy in the trap.

During the raid on Sunday, the touts took the decoy and the team to Bulandshahr, where four members of their gang allegedly conducted ultrasound tests through a portable machine. Before the raiding party could react on the signal by decoy, those who were conducting the tests managed to escape with the machines.

Sandeep and Naveen were overpowered and handed over to Dharuhera police in Rewari district. In her statement, the decoy informed that those who performed the sex-determination test had told her that she was having a girl child and had called her to come again after a week for medical termination of pregnancy.

The raid in Bareilly took place on Monday. Two joint teams of the health department from Faridabad and Charkhi Dadri swooped down on two nursing homes. Led by Dr Maan Singh, the team from Faridabad had struck a deal with the accused tout for Rs 25,000.

Rs 10,000 was paid on Monday morning, while rest was yet to be paid. “While the technician was doing a test, the decoy sent a message and the entire premises were cordoned off. Five persons, including the tout, those who collected money and conducted ultrasound, have been apprehended,” said a senior functionary of Beti Bachao Beti Padhao project who also monitored the raids.

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