Concerned over the growing rate of female foeticide, the state government plans to restrict sale of abortion pills and is also starting a website where people can register complaints against sex-determination tests.
The website, www.aamchimulgi.com, will be functional from May 1.
“So far cases against 139 sonography centres have been registered for illegally undertaking sex determination tests. The court had passed judgments in 45 cases in which 17 centres were penalised,” said minister of state for health Fauzia Khan while replying to a question raised in the Legislative Council on Friday.
MLC Keshav Mankar had raised the issue seeking to know what measures the government was taking to curb such cases.
The health department had recently announced several measures to deal with the issue of the skewed girl child ratio and the website is only a step towards curbing the problem.
Health minister Suresh Shetty told the council that apart from the website, the government had also decided to restrict open sale of abortion pills.
A committee headed by medical education secretary Milind Mhaiskar has been constituted to look at ways in which this can be tackled, Shetty said.
“We have made it mandatory that abortion pills should not be sold without any prescription. However, there are modern techniques such as blood tests and biopsy that can be used to determine the sex of the foetus. These new techniques need to be brought under the scanner,” Shetty said.
Talking about opposition from women groups, Shetty said the government would be taking opinions from all sections of the society and different stakeholders before taking the final decision.