No formal proposal, sex determination test just an idea: Maneka Gandhi

"Minister WCD clarifies that there is no Cabinet proposal for tracking the sex of a foetus and that compulsory determination of foetal sex is an idea given by some stakeholders," WCD ministry said on twitter.

Written by Abantika Ghosh | New Delhi | Updated: February 3, 2016 12:14 am
maneka gandhi, sex determination, , women and child development, child sex determination in india Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi.

Amid the furore over her statement on making sex determination tests compulsory during pregnancy to save the girl child, Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi issued a clarification Tuesday claiming that she only said there was an “alternative” view that needed to be considered.

“Some of the newspapers have reported that the minister referred to a Cabinet proposal about tracking female foeticide and registering the sex of the foetus. This is factually incorrect. Smt Maneka Sanjay Gandhi had said that there is an alternative point of view that if each pregnancy could be registered and the sex of the foetus could be made known to the parents and if the same happens to be a female, the delivery should be tracked and recorded. Such a system would help in ensuring that a foetus is not aborted only because it is a female,” a statement by her ministry said. It underlined the point that no such “formal proposal” was at the moment being considered either by the ministry or the Cabinet.

Senior officials in the health ministry, which is the administrative ministry for the law against female foeticide, too confirmed that there is no such proposal to change the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques Act, 1994 that was being considered at any level in the ministry.

In a brief but terse rebuttal, Health Minister J P Nadda said in Jaipur: “I don’t speak on issues which are not decided by the Cabinet.”

Meanwhile, describing Maneka’s “alternative view” as regressive, Dr Amar Jesani, editor of the Indian Journal of Medical Ethics, said that it amounted to transferring the responsibility for sex selection to the woman rather than the medical profession. “The proposal to monitor pregnancies amounts to victimising the victim, by leaving out the people who are making money by unethical means. It is draconian because it violates patient rights and makes it mandatory for the woman to undergo tests that are not necessary. Besides there are options like amniocentesis that can detect foetal sex much before ultrasound does. Such a move cannot really keep people, who are inclined to do so, from aborting,” Jesani said.

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First Published on: February 3, 2016 12:03 am
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    Aap
    Feb 2, 2016 at 4:31 pm
    Girl child the true blessing is mistaken as burden. Kill dowry system and no one will feel girl child as burden. No foeticide!!!
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      Kalki
      Feb 2, 2016 at 3:42 pm
      जब ो को बड़े पदों पर बैठा दिया जाता है तो ऐसे ही आईडिया आते हैं
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        US NRI
        Feb 2, 2016 at 8:12 pm
        Let's give this a try as past several initiatives have failed. Pls be open for change. We should feel ashamed to have highest feoticide in the world. Google " future of world religions" you will come to know why Christianity is worried and why trump is scared.
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          nandita
          Feb 4, 2016 at 12:52 am
          Dude wake up Know your country
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            nandita
            Feb 4, 2016 at 12:51 am
            I am appalled by the honorable minster's intelligence
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              Nampurath Krishna
              Feb 2, 2016 at 4:16 pm
              ic the proposals said the least! Bearing girl child husband and in-laws desert the hapless kid and mother, now even before birth just learning the foetus gender the pregnant lady would become persona-non-grata if it is female.
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                Kautilya
                Feb 2, 2016 at 1:11 pm
                Modi should drop Monkey hi from his cabinet.
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                  M
                  Feb 2, 2016 at 1:06 pm
                  Tracking a female fetus to maturity is a better idea rather than working blind. This will ensure that limited resources are better focused.
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                    rohit dalit
                    Feb 2, 2016 at 8:49 pm
                    All she wanted to know is if the feotus have hands, so that her son has the opportunity to chop them.
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                      Sathish
                      Feb 2, 2016 at 1:10 pm
                      Very soon aadhaar chip will be used on all human slaves! Any pretext to invade god given freedom will be emplo by imperailist/globalist asuras, who set up this deception of democracy, using the mask of politician criminals.
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                        Sathish
                        Feb 3, 2016 at 2:36 am
                        When laws are enacted and enforced by criminals, s will abide by the criminals.
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