The low male-female ratio in Navi Mumbai was brought to the attention of the Bombay High Court on Wednesday through an affidavit filed by the central government. The affidavit was recently filed by the under secretary to the Health department with respect to a petition filed by a group of Navi Mumbai doctors challenging the suspension of their licences in alleged illegal sex determination cases.
The figures,in fact,show a declining trend in the ratio of the number of women per thousand males in the jurisdiction of Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC). The ratio was 927 in 2007,914 in 2011 and dipped to 910 this year, counsel for the Union government Advait Sethna said.
The petitioners claimed that they were not served a notice before action was initiated against them. They also contended that the violations alleged against them were of a minor nature and did not justify the action taken.
The group of petitioners,which includes three gynaecologists and three radiologists,has also questioned the authority of medical officers to seal equipment without adjudication for minor irregularities.
The NMMC,contradicting this stand,said in several cases,the declaration,which is required to be furnished by the pregnant woman (that she has not been informed the sex of the foetus) and the doctor (that he/she has not detected or informed any person about the same),was missing.
The NMMC told the court that these constituted serious violations. The case will be heard further on Thursday.