Hindustan Times (Lucknow)

‘Strict pun­ish­ment can check sex-se­lec­tive abor­tions’

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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.

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