Claming that the Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PNDT) Act has failed to curb cases of female foeticide in the state,Health Minister Satpal Gosain on Sunday said that when the ruling SAD is once again voted to power in the 2012 Assembly elections,the government will bring changes in the Act to make it more effective.
Girls are still unwanted in Punjab and being a health minister,I am saying this with great pain. People from all classes prefer a male baby. Recently,a politician beat up his wife in the hospital after she gave birth to a female and later,left her, Gosain said while inaugurating a symposium on the PNDT Act at DMCH.
Saying that while the female sex ratio in 2001 was 876:1,000 in Punjab,in the 2011 Census,it number has fallen to 811:1,000,the minister added: This is a clear indication that our PNDT Act is a failure. I feel ashamed to see many glaring cases of female foeticide after taking charge as the health minister. It seems there should be changes in the Act and this will be done once our government comes to power again.
A number of times,people come to me saying that they are not being able to get their educated daughters married as they have no money. Though a number of social projects are being run by the state government,but I admit that sex determination is still rampant. Our medical fraternity has to act stronger, he said.
As the doctors suggested strict punishment for such parents,Gosain said: The doctors are the main culprits. The people in general need to be made aware of what needs to be done. All political and religious leaders need to join hands to fight this menace.
Speaking on the occasion,DMCH Principal Dr Daljit Singh said,Female foeticide is not possible without the help of medical professionals. The falling female sex ratio is indeed a matter of great shame for the medicos. I often see in the ICUs,newborns male babies are compared to female babies.