Sh Manoj Sinha
Hon'ble Lt Governor,UT of J&K
Shri Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar
Advisor to
Hon'ble LG UT of J&K
Sh. Atal Dulloo, IAS
Chief Secretary,
J & K
Dr. Syed Abid Rasheed Shah, IAS
Secretary to the Government, H & M Education, J&K
Dr Mushtaq Ahmad Rather
Director Health Services, Kashmir

The Jammu And Kashmir Preconception and Prenatal Sex Selection/Determination(PROHIBITION AND REGULATION) ACT,2002.

An act to provide for the prohibition of sex selection, before or after conception and for regulation of prenatal diagnostic techniques for the purpose of detecting genetic abnormalities or metabolic disorders or chromosomal abnormalities or certain congenital malformations or sex-linked disorders and for the prevention of their misuse for sex determination leading to female feticide and for matters connected therewith or incidental.

Misuse of modern diagnostic facilities like ulta-sonography, amniocentesis, chorionic villi examination etc for the purpose of female feticide which is against the female sex and affects the dignity and status of women, dowry, Men Dominated Society, Son preference, etc related matters were raised by the organizations working for the welfare and uplift of women therefore it was necessary to bring a legislation to regulate use of diagnostic techniques and to provided punishment to stop the misuse of diagnostic techniques. It also prohibits advertisement of PNDT for detection & determination of sex. Permission & regulation of the use of PNDT for the purpose of detection of specific genetic abnormalities or disorders etc. Only to registered centre under this act.

Directorate of Health Services, Kashmir, is working shoulder with shoulder with the authorities of State Supervisory Board of Jammu & Kashmir Preconception and PrenatalSex Selection/determination with true letter and spirit. Seminars, workshops and trainings are conducted at division as well as district levels to educate people, so that there will be no violation.

A wing comprises of the following officers/officials has been established at divisional office of Directorate of Health Services Kashmir:

1. Dr. Mushtaq Ahmad Rather (Director Health Services Kashmir) Divisional Appropriate Authority, PC&PNDT.

2. Dr. Abdul Rashid Najar - Divisional Nodal Officer, PC&PNDT.

3. Ms Rifat-Un-Nisa – Divisional Law Officer, PC&PNDT.

4. Ms Shaheena Aziz – Dealing Assistant, PC&PNDT.

The Divisional Wing monitors the District Advisory Committees. District Advisory Committees works under the chairmanship of District Development Commissioner and Chief Medical Officer works as District Appropriate Authority.