While female foeticide has been growing at a rampant rate across India, there are growing efforts to control the same. A review of some of them:
1. Doctors arrested in Kanpur : Eight persons, including five doctors, were on Saturday arrested for allegedly conducting sex determination tests on pregnant women and agreeing to abort the female foetuses.
Five doctors from various hospitals in Kanpur, two nurses and one ward boy were arrested following raids conducted by the police, SSP Yashasvi Yadav said. Seven ultrasound centres were also sealed.
“The arrests were made following a sting operation by an NGO which was shown to District Magistrate M P Aggarwal who ordered the arrests. “They went to seven hospitals and all of them agreed for the test and abortion if desired,” Mr Yadav said.
2. Incentives for villages : Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda has announced Rs. one crore for the development of a village where a Khap Mahapanchayat termed female foeticide as a “heinous act” and demanded murder charges be slapped against those involved in the illegal practice.
The chief minister has announced the money for village Bibipur in Jind district as its residents especially women have taken the initiative to condemn female foeticide, an official spokesman said on Sunday.
According to Mr Hooda, the initiative by village residents will inspire others to bring about positive social changes not only in Haryana, but in other parts of the country also.
3. Awarness campaigns : A Mahapanchayat or meeting of village councils on female foeticide and related issues, was held in Jind district of Haryana. The district is notorious for its skewed sex ratio where males far outnumber females.
The village bodies met this morning, in what they say is an attempt to empower women. Over a 100 women attended the session aimed at controlling female foeticide. Other issues pertaining to women were also discussed
Several khaps or caste councils from Haryana and neighbouring Uttar Pradesh and Delhi took part in this, Bibipur village Sarpanch (Village Head) said.