Hindustan Times (Lucknow)
‘Strict punishment can check sex-selective abortions’
Child sex ratio in UP which was 915 in 2011 census has come down to 903 in 201516 and one big reason is sexselective abortions. Hence, rules should not be relaxed DR NEELAM SINGH, head, Vatsalya NGO
LUCKNOW: Activists working against sex-selective abortions have demanded that there should be no relaxation in punishment under the Pre Conception Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PCPNDT) Act, as being demanded by a section of doctors.
Addressing a press conference here on Wednesday, Dr Neelam Singh, head of Vatsalya, an NGO working against sex-selective abortions, said strict rules and punishment will make sure that doctors don’t dare to perform sex determination of foetus and sex-selective abortions.
“The child sex ratio in the state which was 915 in 2011 census has come down to 903 in the family health survey in 2015-16 and one big reason is sex-selective abortions. Hence, rules should not be relaxed,” said Dr Singh. She added, “Doctors want civil law and not criminal law to be implemented for complaint in PCPNDT act, which we are opposing.”
The activists also pointed towards delay in implementation of an important amendment in the Pre Conception Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PC PNDT) Act.
The amendment is about a short course for doctors with MBBS degree, which gives them authority to conduct ultrasound. The amendment was to be implemented in January 2017 but nothing has happened so far.
“As per amendment, the government colleges were supposed to conduct training for MBBS doctors and those MBBS doctors already doing ultrasound were supposed to pass an exam. But nothing has happened so far,” said Mamta Singh of Vatsalya.
Mamta said that the implementation of the amendment would enable the doctors to conduct ultrasound and weed out quacks.