Staff Reporter

BHUBANESWAR: Worried over negligible conviction of violators responsible for female foeticide, Central Social Welfare Board (CSWB) has mooted an idea of carrying out sting operations to trap doctors and other persons involved in the business of determining sex of foetus.

"We have requested all State Governments to launch the sting operations to take these violators to the task. This could be implemented through various agencies such as intelligence wing or non government organisations to prevent female foeticide," CSWB Chairperson Rajani Patil said.

The CSWB, which had been carrying out the campaign to prevent female foeticide, would intensify the campaign to involve the State and district-level machinery in a two-pronged effort of education and prevention, she said.

In two cases in Maharashtra, the sting operation had given good results and at least it injected fear psychosis among violators who were putting the technology to bad use, Ms Patil said.

The CSWB chairpersons since the crime was being committed in connivance of both parents and doctors, it was very difficult to arrange concrete evidence.

Thirteen years after enactment of Pre-natal Diagnostic Techniques (PNDT) Act, only one doctor has been convicted despite the fact that over 4,000 cases were registered.

Ms Patil said PNDT Act and Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP) Act must be read together to arrive at the correct interpretation of law. "Statistics show that the urban rich have a worse sex ratio compared to poor and rural. It seems that the rich have greater access to technology and they are more driven by consumerism. This trend is a countrywide phenomenon, however, developed states with higher per capita income have greater decline in sex ratio," she said.

Sex ratio

As per the Census 2001 figures, sex ratio was falling in some States such as Punjab, Hariyana, Himachal Pradesh, Chandigarh and Delhi to as low as 800 girls to 1000 boys.