“Spend five hundred rupees now save five lakhs later “
-Slogan of ultrasound sex-determination clinics. Since the advent of ultrasound and detection technique for sex-determination 10 million female foetuses have been aborted in India, according to a study conducted recently in India, the first systematic study on female foeticide by an Indo-Canadian team. A shocking picture emerges-every year, about 50,000 unborn girls-one in every 25-are aborted and as a result the number of girls has actually gone down drastically in India. According to the latest 2011 census, there is approximately 1,21billion in India; there are 937 females per 1000 males. “If the sex ratio of 1036 females per 1000 males observed in some states of Kerala in 1991 had prevailed in the whole country, the number of would be 455 million instead of the 407 million (in the 1991 census). Thus, there is a case of between 32 to 48 million missing females in the Indian society as of 1991 that needs to be explained.” India tops the list as far as illegal abortion and female foeticide are concerned. Of the 15 million illegal abortions carried out in the world in 1997, India accounted for 4 million, 90% of which were intended to eliminate the girl child. It is a matter of grave concern that today in India we are discussing a thing like female foeticide. This term in itself envelopes myriads of meanings, it smacks of the fact that a) A girl is killed before she is born or made to die before 5 years. b) That sex of a foetus is determined to be that of a female; c) It acknowledges that there is technology privy to this heinous crime; d) There are doctors involved in first determining the sex of the baby, then carrying out abortion. e) There is crime involved in violating not one but many laws: the Pre-Conception Pre- Natal Diagnostic Techniques (Regulation and Prevention of Misuse) 1994 Act, the Section 307 IPC (of attempt to murder) and...
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