Various senior health officials on Thursday expressed concern over continuation of female foeticide in the society during a regional workshop organised here by the Punjab health and family welfare department under the theme “If the world is an eye, woman is light of latter. She needs to be understood, not killed”.
Addressing the workshop, Amritsar civil surgeon Dr Jai Singh said the society could not exist without a woman, so she should be given due respect. “But, number of woman is decreasing in our society which is a cause of worry. In such condition, there is dire need to conduct these kinds of workshops frequently to create awareness among general public,” he added.
Sharing different aspects of the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PCPNDT) Act, district family welfare officer Dr Ranjit Singh Butter said despite persistent efforts by the government and the non-government organisations (NGOs), illicit practice of female foeticides still continue. “To curb this problem, mindset of every person needs to be corrected,” he added.
Dr Kulwinder Kaur and child development project officer (CDPO) Meena Kumari also expressed their views on female foeticide. Students from various educational institutes presented songs on the social evil which shook the audience. Role of stage secretary was played by mass media officer Raj Kaur.
The workshop was attended by civil surgeons, district family welfare officers, PNDT coordinator, district advisory committee members of Amritsar, Kapurthala, Tarn Taran, Gurdaspur and Pathankot district and staff and students of government medical college, Amritsar.