An in-vitro fertilization (IVF) centre in northern India is being prosecuted as it fails to deliver on promise of male child. In another instance not even conception took place.
Canada-based Amrik Singh and his wife Rupinder Kaur allege that they had paid Rs.5 lakh to Vardhan Medical Centre, Jalandhar, in 2005 when they were assured of a male child through IVF.
But as it turned out, the woman later delivered a girl child in Canada, after which the couple filed a complaint against the centre's owner.
And then there was another the same year. Balwinder Kaur Gill, also of Canada, and who already had a daughter, was promised help to conceive a boy.
She too coughed up Rs.5 lakh to the centre and underwent treatment. She was seen off with a lot of promises and good wishes, but back in Canada, she realized to her horror that she had not even conceived. This too happened in 2005
The Jalandhar police are filing cases under the Pre-natal Diagnostic Techniques (Regulation and Prevention of Misuse) Act, 1994 against the owner of the IVF centre and five doctors working there.
"To run an IVF centre, the genetic clinic, laboratory and counselling centre have all to be registered, but in this case, the laboratory and the counseling centre were not," said an official.
Even as the centre owner denied all allegations, stating that he never engaged himself in medical procedures, the official said, "Our complaint also refers to the fact that he has been misleading people about his qualification by claiming to be an MBBS, when he is not."