Haryana's skewed sex ratio is a matter of concern and though the health department has been able to ensure conviction of offenders in two cases this year, residents feel the government has a long way to go to control the menace.
In the beginning of 2010, there were 854 girls per 1000 boys in the state which further dipped to 834:1000 by the end of the year. Talking about prosecuting offenders, Gurgaon civil surgeon Dr Praveen Garg said, “Though we conduct regular raids at ultrasound centres, it is very difficult to curb this malpractice as we usually don't get complainants. If we do, there is always a chance that the complainant may backtrack on their statement later.”
Taking cues from Punjab and Kohlapur in Maharashtra, the state government has proposed to install a special software in scan machines that could monitor and record the number of cases in each centre. Called the 'silent observer', the software would help keep a tab on sex determination tests.
“Yes, there was a proposal and even we are waiting for the software to be installed as it would help us keep a check on malpractices, but it would take some time,” Garg added.
IMA president Dr Ramesh Goyal too agreed that the technology was the need of the hour.