Key Milestones: The PCPNDT Act

1988 : Enactment of the Maharashtra Regulation of Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PNDT) Act.

1994 : September 20, 1994, the Parliament adopts the Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (Regulation and Prevention of Misuse) Act for the whole country (excluding J&K).

1996 : The Supreme Court in The PNDT Act comes into force from January 1, 1996.

2000 : The Supreme Court in February 2000 admits a PIL filed by CEHAT, MASUM and Dr Sabu George questioning the non- implementation of the PNDT Act and to include pre-conception sex selection.

2001 : The Supreme Court on May 4, 2001 directs the Union Government of India to make the PNDT 1994 Act more stringent and devise ways for better implementation of the Act.

2002 : The Parliament in December 2002 amends the PNDT Act. The amended Act is known as the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (Prohibition of Sex Selection) Act.

2003 : The amendment comes into operation with effect from February 14, 2003.

2006 : Supreme Court admits another PIL by Voluntary Health Association of Punjab (VHAP) on the non-implementation of the PCPNDT Act.

2008 : A writ petition is filed by Dr Sabu George in the Supreme Court highlighting the need to stop advertisements on sex selection through search engines.

2011, 2012, 2014 & 2017 : Amendments were made in key Rules of the Act.

2020 : Rules related to report submission and renewal of registration were suspended till June 30, 2020.