Hindu Mommy

September 18, 2006

Indian female feticide

Filed under: India,Parenting — hindumommy @ 10:38 pm

It is no secret that girls are not as “prized” as boys in India . In fact, one of my first blog posts was on female feticide in India  (No Big Sin? ….Read if you are ready to weep) but reading this article in Yahoo just gave me the chills.

I am not going to excerpt from the article – It’s too horrifying for me as a parent of two girls to read it. 

The gist of the article is that a manual laborer found bodies of about 300 fetuses outside a private clinic in Punjab and authorities believe that it’s just the tip of the iceberg.

When are people going to change their thinking? Maybe the government should spend the extra money it has on advertising about “Girl Power” instead of on promoting inter-caste marriages

What is the point of India progressing with huge malls,fly-overs,MNCs and fancy name brand consumer goods if the basic core thinking of the people is antiquated and dates back to 100 years old??

Only when girls start being treated as human beings and we stop these inhuman practices are we going to have true progress.

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  1. […] After reading stories of female feticide and bride killings, I just saw the New York Times which has published a story on the growing cases of farmer suicides in Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra. […]

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  2. Mrs. Kiran Walia
    Honorable minister for health and family welfare
    New Delhi-58

    Respected madam,
    I had filed a complaint against my husband and in laws for cheating me into
    a sex determination test during my pregnancy. The enquiry was conducted by
    C.D.M.O (North West) and later by the team of doctors at Maulana Azad
    Medical College, New Delhi
    I would like to point out certain points
    I am one of the first complainant in whole of India under the act
    The enquiry done by C.D.M.O (North-West) has found that no form F was filled
    when the ultrasound was done on me by radiologist at Jaipur Golden Hospital,
    New Delhi. The law is very very clear on this aspect and says that- Person
    conducting ultrasonography on a pregnant women shall keep complete record
    thereof in the clinic/centre in Form – F and any deficiency or inaccuracy
    found therein shall amount to contravention of provisions of section 5 or
    section 6 of the Act, unless contrary is proved by the person conducting
    such ultrasonography, where section 5 and 6 relates to “5. Written consent
    of pregnant woman and prohibition of communicating the sex of fetus” and
    “Determination of sex prohibited ”respectively
    The enquiry conducted by team of doctors at M.A.M.C has added the facts that
    fetal ultrasound was never advised by the gynecologist, but still it was
    done.
    The enquiry committee at M.A.M.C has also mentioned the fact about the
    agreement wherein my husband has agreed that he will in future never force
    me for sex determination or sex selective abortion. (copy of agreement
    attached)
    The handbook on P.C-P.N.D.T act released by Gov. of India very clearly
    states- “In some cases women may themselves complain that they were forced
    to get the sex of the fetus determined. Then that woman’s statement can be
    recorded and she can also be called as a witness to depose about the doctor,
    the centre and the family members who forced her to get the test done.” In
    other words even if there is no documentary evidence the words of the women
    is enough to file a complaint in court.
    Despite all these evidences the Appropriate Authorities have stated that
    there is no direct/circumstantial evidence of sex determination, and the
    enquiry committee set up at M.A.M.C states that the Appropriate Authorities
    have done a very good and detailed investigation. They are giving a clear
    advantage to all the accused and ensuring that the court does not take
    cognizance in the case. My husband and in laws are getting advantage in all
    the cases because of the above said false lines. Madam, because of these
    false lines I am facing a lot of harassment, and because of all this
    harassment I may be forced to withdraw my complaints to save my daughters.
    If the government does not have power to undo a wrong statement given by its
    own personnel, and also government takes no action against them, while the
    complaint is again and again saying that she is facing lot of harassment
    because of these false statement, that in itself shows the dedication of the
    government in fighting the menace of female feticide.
    Madam as you probably know, my case has been mentioned even in the “2009
    Human Rights Reports: India” released by U.S. department of state (**
    http://www.state.gov/g/drl/rls/hrrpt/2009/sca/136087.htm*
    *). I have all documentary evidences of the harassment being faced by me
    after filling the case. First I was tortured by my husband and in laws, than
    by the authorities, and now by judiciary. I have been told very clearly
    (albeit verbally) that in case I do not agree to withdraw my complaints, the
    Honorable Judge will ensure that I will have to produce my little daughters
    (only 4 ½ years old) in every date in the court. If this is the condition of
    our government and judiciary, I am troubled beyond words, and to save my
    daughters from harassment, may be forced to withdraw my complaint if nothing
    is done to rectify the wrong statements given in the enquiry report, quick
    justice is ensured.
    Thanking you in anticipation

    A frustrated mother
    Dated-30/3/10

    (Dr Mitu Khurana Nee Khosla)

    Cc-
    1. Smt Pratibha Patil, President of India, Fax No- 011-23917920,
    011-23917824
    2. Sri Mohammed Hamid Ansari , Vice President Of India, Fax No-
    011-23018124, 23012645
    3. Dr Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister of India, Fax No- 011-23019334
    4. Smt Meira Kumar, Honorable Speaker Lok Sabha , Fax No- 011-23016212
    5. Sri Ghulam Nabi Azad, Honorable Minister for Health and Family
    Welfare- 011-23062358
    6. Sri Veerappa Moily, Honorable Minister for Law and Justice, Fax No-
    011-23384241
    7. Sri Mukul Wasnik, Honorable Minister for Social Justice and
    Empowerment Fax No- 011-23381902
    8. Smt Krishna Tirath, Honorable Minister for Women And Child
    Development, Fax No- 011-23074054
    *http://mitukhurana.wordpress.com/
    Dr Mitu Khurana

    Comment by savedaughters19 — April 7, 2010 @ 2:19 am | Reply


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