Make sex determination must, then track mothers: Union Minister Maneka Gandhi

This PCPNDT Act is not under me, but with the health ministry. But till when will we keep arresting people.

Written by Hamza Khan | Jaipur | Updated: February 2, 2016 10:49 am
 maneka gandhi, sex determination, , women and child development, child sex determination in india Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi.

Women and Child Development (WCD) Minister Maneka Gandhi said Monday she has suggested that child sex determination during pregnancy be made compulsory, that the gender of the child be registered right from that moment and the birth be tracked.

Responding to a question about people employing different means to detect the gender of an unborn child despite the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PCPNDT) Act, Maneka told the All India Regional Editors Conference in Jaipur: “Hum logon ne ek cheez pesh ki hai, saari party ke saamne aur mantriyon ke saamne (we have proposed this in front of all parties and ministers). This PCPNDT Act is not under me, but with the health ministry. But till when will we keep arresting people. In this country, if a person goes to an ultrasound owner and asks the gender of his (unborn) kid, who will dare say no.”

“So, till when will we keep the onus on the ultrasound owner. Hamari ek raai hai… we’ve even read in newspapers about a blood test which tells the gender immediately, so till when will we make criminals of people. Better still, we change the policy and make it compulsory to tell a pregnant woman if it is a boy or a girl and get her registered. Then you will be able to monitor it, whether she is born or not,” said Maneka.

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“So it becomes a completely different way of looking at it. You will be able to solve this entire problem. You will then be able to give her more nutrition. As it is, states likes Rajasthan have got wonderful programmes in place for giving money to girls,” she said.

The idea, she said, has been discussed with the health ministry but a consensus hasn’t been reached. “This idea was brought up in front of that (health) ministry but the point is we have not reached a conclusion; we are still discussing the pros and cons.”

She said that it is the “developed states” which are the worst offenders of killing the girl child, while there isn’t so much discrimination in the “developing” states.

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  1. Chopra TP
    Feb 2, 2016 at 10:34 am
    I am a big supporter of this Government, but I seriously do not think this plan is a very good idea. It is going to be very difficult to register every pregnancy and what is going to stop a dishonest doctors from registering a wrong gender, so that they can perform abortion. The better way is to target the clinics and doctors who perform abortions. Setup undercover investigative units whose job is to find the doctors willing to break the law now. Punish them vertically harshly and make it as a warning to others that they could lose everything if they don't stop.
    1. R
      Feb 2, 2016 at 8:35 am
      This is not about politics but this is totally a bad move...Our society has not evolved enough, I am not talking about tier-I cities/metro cities but talking about tier-III/villages...How will you track those parents from billion potion???...
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        ravi kumar
        Feb 2, 2016 at 7:16 pm
        well said meneka hi
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          Dr Gautam
          Feb 2, 2016 at 3:10 am
          Hit at dowry,women illiteracy.women unemployment,genderdiscrimination,greed of sonologist,gynecologist,lack of insutional deliveries,quacks,ayahs,babs ramdev and home deliveries,incentive like free education, jobs ,marriages,strict anti dowry,lawd and implementation for girls ,womeb this is what is required maneka and not half baked idead,to save ultrasound and abortion clinics and ask a thief ( parents) not to steal,changr thr mindset of thr society!!!
          1. P
            Feb 2, 2016 at 7:00 am
            The clinics will mint money for declaring the foetus as males and therefore will not be tracked. Instead of a stick approach ,carrot to be offered in form of long term bonds being given to a female child.
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