IMA asks the government to act on Ramdev for violation of PCPNDT act
As per the media reports, there was uproar in Rajya Sabha after Janata Dal-United MP KC Tyagi flashed a packet labeled 'Putrajeewak Beej' (son-bearing seeds) allegedly produced by Baba Ramdev's company, Patanjali Yoga Peeth.
Supported by many other members including Jaya Bachchan and Javed Akhtar, Tyagi asked how the government is allowing the sale of such herbs.
"Ramdev is the brand ambassador of BJP-ruled Haryana. This is against the PMs campaign of Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao."
Union minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said the government will find out more about it.
Health Minister JP Nadda called it a serious matter and assured the House of appropriate action.
Commenting on the subject Dr A Marthanda Pillai National President and Dr KK Aggarwal Honorary Secretary General IMA said that if doctor does it, it's a violation of PCPNDT act and a confirmed jail. Will the government put him to the jail.
As per the act section 22: Prohibition of advertisement relating to pre-natal determination of sex and punishment for contravention.
(2) No person or organization shall issue, publish, distribute, communicate or cause to be issued, published, distributed or communicated any advertisement in any manner regarding prenatal determination or pre-conception selection of sex by any means whatsoever, scientific or otherwise.
(3) Any person who contravenes the provisions of sub-section (2) shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to three years and with fine which may extend to ten thousand rupees.
For the purposes of this section, "advertisement" includes any notice, circular, label, wrapper or any other document including advertisement through internet or any other media in electronic or print form and also includes any visible representation made by means of any hoarding, wall-painting, signal, light, sound, smoke or gas.