Government to curb evil practices like female foeticide
NEW DELHI: Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Tuesday expressed serious concern over the deteriorating sex ratio (number of women per thousand men) in the country and asserted that her Government will take recourse to all possible measures to curb evil practices like female foeticide.
Ms. Dikshit was speaking after the launch of two Audio Docu-dramas on Female Foeticide on the occasion of 100th anniversary of Satyagraha at a function organised by the Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti. The granddaughter of Mahatma Gandhi, Tara Bhattacharjee, Chairperson of Delhi Commission for Women Kiran Walia, and Director Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti Savita Singh were also present on the occasion.
The Chief Minister announced that the Government would tackle this problem by not only supporting and carrying out a comprehensive public awareness campaign but also by bringing about effective legislation that could help provide a foolproof system of auditing records of ultra sound diagnostic centres.
Ms. Dikshit said modern technology combined with a cultural preference for sons rather than daughters has led to the mushrooming of clinics across India where parents could check the sex of their unborn child. In some parts of the country parents are choosing to abort if it is a girl child as a result young men in Punjab and Haryana were finding it hard to find brides.
Ms. Dikshit further said the only long-term solution of female foeticide is to change the attitude of society.
It is also unfortunate that girls are seen as burden as huge dowry has to be paid during the wedding time.