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Pre Birth Sex Determination No Longer To Be An Offence
The recommendation made by the Planning Commission shocks many and despairs others | By Yentha
On Oct 10, 2011

 

Trivandrum: In a very bold and controversial move, the Planning Commission has recommended for a relaxation in the laws against sex determination in the country. The Planning Commission proposes for the parents to have the freedom to check the sex of their child before being born and have the child be adopted by the government if the child happens to be a girl. 'Adoption' here means taking care of the mother while being pregnant, and tracking the growth of the child till he or she reaches two years of age, which essentially means that the government is actually supporting the parents to raise a child if that child happens to be a girl.
 
The sex ratio of India now stands at an all time low of 1000:914 against females. Right now the determination of a child's sex before being born is illegal according to the Pre Conception and Pre Natal Diagnostic Techniques Act. Sex determination is banned because fetuses are destroyed if the growing child happens to be a girl in many parts of the country which is the sole reason for the nation to have such a low, conscience striking sex ratio. But something has gone wrong either with the rule, or with the implementation of the rule, because the sex ratio had been on the fall for years now.
 
Revealing that the Commission is desperate and clueless about the situation, the Planning Commission now recommends sex determination for couples before their child is born and then to have it born under the assurance of the government looking after the child for the first two years. So it is either the Planning Commission wanting the parents to see the birth of a girl child as a financial gain, or wanting a girl child to be born simply because they are needed to keep the balance in the population. It has to be mentioned that the laws formulated also need to cover the emotional aspects of being human as well.
 
The AIDWA (All India Democratic Women’s Association) is amongst the many organisations that want the proposal to be immediately withdrawn.

 

“It is most unfortunate that the Planning Commission is proposing to undermine existing legal safe guards. The ban on sex determination was achieved after a long struggle by women's and health rights organisations. This preposterous proposal will only end in the abandonment of a large number of girl children,” a statement carried out by the organisation said.

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The Human Rescue Team has voiced their support to the cause.  “We are also afraid that an arbitrary relaxation in sex determination and attached incentives may cause a tremendous rise in female foeticides and even run the risk of projecting girl child as a money making mechanism that may be an uncalled burden on the national economy.”

Kerala Women’s Commission Chairperson Justice D Sreedevi regards the proposal made by the Planning Commission in contempt. “Already we are struggling to keep female feticide in check and now they are proposing to make it all the more easier for them,” she said.
 
However she refused to give further comments on the matter on the excuse that she was yet to study the report in detail.
 
How do the readers of Yentha feel on the issue? Should sex determination of the fetus be banned or should the laws against it be relaxed as the Planning Commission suggests?

 
 
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THE PURPOSE OF BAN ON SEX DETERMINATION HAS NOT BEEN FULFILLED.WHERE IS THE JUSTIFICATION TO SPEND PUBLIC MONEY ON MAINTAINING A FAILED LEGISLATION.THE PUBLIC SHOULD SUGGEST ANY OTHER ALTERNATIVE, TO PREVENT THE FEMALE FOETICIDE, AND SAVE THE FEMALE UNBORN CHILD, IF THE MEASURES TAKEN BY PLANNING COMMISSION IS NOT ACCEPTABLE.APPLYING THE RIGHT TO INFORMATION ACT, EVERY MOTHER GETS BACK HER RIGHT TO KNOW THE SEX OF HER UNBORN CHILD, WHICH EVERY MOTHER ASPIRES TO KNOW. IF THE MOTHER DOES NOT WANT THE FEMALE CHILD, IT MAY BE GIVEN IN ADOPTION TO COUPLE WHO HAVE NO ISSUES. IT IS HERE THAT GOVT. SHOULD SIMPLIFY ADOPTION LAWS. IT IS FOR THE PUBLIC TO COME TO A CONSENSUS DECISION AND RECOMMEND THE SAME TO GOVT.IN THIS REGARD. THE PLANNING COMMISSIONS DECISION IS ONE OF THEN. IF A BETTER SOLUTION IS PUT FORTH,THE GOVT. IS OPEN TO ACCEPT AND IMPLEMENT THE SAME.LET US SAVE OUR CHILDREN WHO ARE THE FUTURE OF THIS COUNTRY.WE MAY BE LOSING INDIRA GANDHIS,MOTHER TERESAS, JAYALALITHAS AND SAROJINI NAIDUS BECAUSE OF FOETICIDE. EVERY UNBORN CHILD HAS A RIGHT TO LIVE AND FLOURISH. LONG LIVE THE MAHAKALIS,MAHALAKSHMIS AND MAHASARASWATHIS THIS IS ONLY MY PERSONAL OPINION FORMED AFTER WITNESSING THE AGONY OF CHILDLESS COUPLE IN MY PROFESSIONAL LIFE.SAVE THE FEMALE CHILD. THEY ARE THE GIFT OF GOD! THEY DESERVE TO LIVE.
DR R RAMESH NAIK, on Oct 11, 2011 01:22:11 AM
 
 
Hi, my name is suhas.. Mumbai.... This proposal sound good. . Some thing is better than nothing And this will help girl child to s be saved. Only government should take strong actions so the roffessional doctor's who advise for girl to be killed just for some money.. Will be wiped out. And goverment should care for such girls to be kept in safe place where education can be given and also should sound safe.
Suhas Dad, on May 09, 2012 04:15:38 PM
 
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