Union minister Maneka Gandhi on Monday suggested that sex determination test should be made compulsory to track women pregnant with a girl child as a measure to check female foeticide. According to Maneka Gandhi the woman should be compulsorily told that whether it is a boy or girl child whom she is going to give birth.
It should be registered to be able to check whether they have given the births or not. She said at the All India Regional Editors Conference. It is a different way to look at this problem (female foeticide), which could be solved with this idea.
We cannot keep catching people doing illegal. Stressing that the society as a whole needs to change the mindset towards the girl child to end the problem of female foeticide, Union minister Maneka Gandhi said that the practice was more prevalent among the middle, upper – middle and rich sections of the society.
The sex ratio is healthy in the country’s eastern parts but as one moves to the “more developed western parts”, the problem raises its head. The Union Minister for Women and Child Development said the evil practice of female foeticide needs to be fought strongly and the society has a larger role to play in this.
Today is just the beginning. The Centre’s ambitious ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ scheme would be implemented in 100 districts with low female sex ratio, out of which 12 are in Haryana – Mahendergarh, Jhajjar, Rewari, Sonepat, Ambala, Kurukshetra, Rohtak, Karnal, Yamuna Nagar, Kaithal, Bhiwani and Panipat.
A reward of Rs 1 crore will be given for the innovative village which attains a balanced sex ratio and District Commissioner or ambassadors of the campaign will be suitably rewarded by the government. The Prime Minister was keen that this campaign should be launched from Haryana, adding it would be extensively carried out to bring in positive psychological change in the mindset of the people regarding girl child.
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