Suggestions on Proposed Amendments to the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques Act, 1994

Reports by Vidhi Aid · March 21, 2016
Author(s): Dhvani Mehta and Shreya Garg

The Public Health and Environmental Justice Initiative responded to a call for public comments by the Expert Committee constituted to examine the proposed amendments to the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (Prohibition of Sex Selection) Act, 1994. 

Vidhi’s suggestions focus primarily on the legal inconsistencies and drafting errors in the proposed amendments, which mainly relate to the duties and powers of the authority under the act and the penalties for contravention of the act. Through our suggestions, we attempt to move a step closer to fine-tuning the proposed amendments.

Download the suggestions on Proposed Amendments to the PCPNDT Act

About Dhvani Mehta:

Dr. Dhvani Mehta {B.L.S. LL.B. (University of Mumbai); BCL, D.Phil (Oxon)} is a Senior Resident Fellow and Team Lead of the Vidhi Aid initiative, where she works on environmental and health regulation, medical ethics and the right to education. She has worked specifically on research projects on environmental clearances, the National Green Tribunal, organ transplant laws, end of life care, and pharmaceutical and medical device regulation. She has appeared in the Supreme Court of India in petitions filed by Vidhi on advance medical directives and discrimination against persons affected by leprosy. She has authored chapters on the implementation of environmental judgments and healthcare corruption in India. Dhvani read for a doctoral degree at the University of Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship, where she was Chairperson of Oxford Pro Bono Publico and an editor of the Oxford Human Rights Hub blog. Her doctoral thesis explores the idea of an environmental rule of law in India and was cited by the Supreme Court of India.

About Shreya Garg: