Legalise sex determination to curb femicide: IMA

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: Nov 22, 2014 22:28 IST

Indian Medical Association (IMA), Punjab chapter, on Saturday welcomed the recent move initiated by union minister for women and child development Maneka Gandhi on changing the mindset of the society and dumping the overenthusiastic booking of doctors under the Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PNDT) Act.

Dr Sudhir Raj, president of state chapter of IMA, on Saturday said: “The decision of IMA was justified. The association has maintained that good doctors have been made scapegoats in the target oriented witch-hunting punitive approach under the PNDT Act for petty mistakes. The society needs to change its mindset and ensure safety of girls.”

Dr Raj said: “Recently Maneka had observed that in its quest for curbing femicide, enactment and implementation of stern laws had served little purpose in the last 20 years. She had said that the government's Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao (BBBP) scheme would be based on strong system of incentives for those having daughters and also media campaigns aimed at all round change in the attitude of society towards girls. Dr Arpana Raj, chairperson, women cell of IMA, said the government needed to take serious steps towards curbing the counter sale of MTP pills, unauthorised practice by quacks and midwives.

Dr Amandeep Aggarwal, state joint secretary of IMA, said the need of the hour was to bring a change in the PNDT Act by making it compulsory for all pregnant women to undergo a scan at government hospitals for sex determination of foetus and every female foetus thus detected should be taken care of till the time of delivery and one year so that possibility of foeticide and infanticide was minimised.

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