Noted ayurvedic practitioner Balaji Tambe, well known for helping patients through panchkarma treatment, has been issued a show cause notice under Section 20(1) of the Pre-Conception and Pre Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PC-PNDT) Act for allegedly providing guidelines on how to beget a son from the book Ayurvediya Garbha Sanskar.
Ahmednagar civil surgeon Dr S M Sonawane confirmed that a show cause notice was issued to the author, publisher and book seller at Sangamner tehsil of Ahmedngar district following a complaint by activist Ganesh Borhade. The matter was taken to the PC-PNDT advisory committee in December last year and a decision was taken to issue a show cause notice to the Ayurvedic physician.
“We are anticipating a reply by Saturday (January 9) following which the matter will again be taken up by the PC-PNDT advisory committee,” Borhade told mediapersons on Wednesday. He claimed the book being sold at Sangamner had some chapters which listed some vedic mantras that need to be heard and chanted by the pregnant woman during the delivery. “If the first child is a girl and second one should be a boy, various rituals have been prescribed, claims Tambe’s book. This is shocking and hence we formally lodged a complaint,” Borhade said.