Medical experts have suggested tracking of pregnancies as a good option to counter malpractices by doctors and unregistered ultrasound clinics performing sex determination tests.
“It might appear tough but tracking is an option, which, if implemented strictly, will send a very strong message to the violators of the Pre Conception -Pre Natal Diagnostic Techniques Act,” said Dr PK Gupta, vice president of the Indian Medical Association (Lucknow branch).
Doctors said though this might not curb sex determination and female foeticide completely, it would definitely build pressure on the defaulters. “There is no perfect answer to check sex determination, as it is an agreement between an individual family and a doctor. But if new measures are brought in to practice, they will add to the pressure upon defaulters,” said Dr Gupta.
Dr Rama Srivastava of Lucknow Nursing Home Owners’ Association said social campaigns were important in changing the mindset of the public. “People need to understand that girls are as important in society as boys,” she said, adding that in view of UP’s sex ratio of 899, social campaigns by the administration and voluntary groups should become routine.
However, some doctors advocated more focus on stricter laws and speedy disposal of cases pertaining to PC PNDT Act violation.
“Tracking seems a good idea, but in a state like UP it might not be possible to cover all pregnancies. Hence, there should be strict vigilance upon medical centres,” said Dr Vinod Jain, faculty at King George’s Medical University.