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‘Action against female infanticide top priority’

Female infanticide, as a crime, should be the topmost priority of the state police and home department, wrote Home Minister R.R. Patil on his blog on Saturday.

mumbai Updated: Aug 30, 2010 01:30 IST
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Female infanticide, as a crime, should be the topmost priority of the state police and home department, wrote Home Minister R.R. Patil on his blog on Saturday.

The minister also said that they should be more sensitive about the issue.

“A robbery takes precedence over gender detection which finds itself on the lowest priority level,” Patil wrote.

Citing examples from the society being equally responsible, Patil wrote that the same people who considered women as the ‘goddess of power’ treat ‘birth of a girl as a kind of catastrophe’.

“As per the Human Development Report, 2002, published by the state government, 84 per cent women are of the opinion that they should have one son at least. With the help of modern technology, many pregnant women, their relatives and few doctors (I am not blaming all the doctors) in collusion and illegally perform gender detection tests and then abort the female foetus,” he wrote.

He refers to this as a ‘nexus’ between ‘educated and intelligent, the affluent class and some skilled doctors’.

In his blog he goes on to target doctors who help conduct abortions, saying stringent action will be taken with help of the law against such activities.

“I think we need to start a movement to mobilise people in this direction… The doctors who are a part of this shameful act should be punished and the medical council should cancel their licence to practice for the rest of their life,” Patil wrote.