To keep a check on ultrasound centres, the Deputy Commissioner of Gurgaon has invoked Section 144 of Criminal Procedure Code, 1973, and directed all owners to install CCTV cameras in their centres.
According to the order issued by Deputy Commissioner T L Satyaprakash, owners of all 167 centres in the district have been asked to install CCTV cameras in the reception area, the waiting room and the entry and exit area.
Cameras will also have to be installed in the ultrasound room.
“The owners have been directed to record all activity in an ultrasound centre and keep the footage intact,” Satyaprakash said.
The DC has appointed Gurgaon civil surgeon Pushpa Bishnoi as the nodal officer in this regard. The civil surgeon will constitute surveillance teams to keep a watch on such centres.
The orders have come into force with immediate effect in the Gurgaon district and stern action, under IPC Section 188, will be taken in case of infringement or non-compliance.
The order states that “the state of Haryana… has earned a lot of notoriety for indulging in female foeticide, resulting in skewed sex ratio and thereby creating a social anomaly. The sex ratio of the district is 839 whereas the sex ratio of Haryana state is 874”.
“It is evident that an undesirable practice takes place in ultrasound centres and these places should be under strict surveillance. Therefore, measures, such as installation of CCTV cameras, have to be taken,” Satyaprakash said.
Also, all ultrasound operators will clearly mention, on relevant ledgers and forms, the reasons for which mothers and patients visit hospitals and centres.
“No one shall escape by just indicating ‘FWB’ or foetus well being as a reason for the visit. The documents should have full details of a patient’s visit and records should be maintained,” the DC said.
Pushpa Bishnoi said, “We will submit a progress report regarding inspection of ultrasound centres on a fortnightly basis.”