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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

A good law - female foeticide

There are various laws imposed by the govt from time to time.

All these laws are for the benefit of the society in general.

Without these laws we would be living in utter chaos.

The law I am going to talk about here is PNDT act i.e. Pre Natal Diagnostic technique Act.

This was first enforced in 1994 and then amended in 2002.

In this there is a fine of Rs 1 lack, imprisonment and cancellation of the registration of the Doctor who is caught doing the test.

It is a disgrace for the Indian society which considers the birth of a girl child as a bad investment in future.

She is considered a consumer rather than a producer and this narrow view point has led to practices like female foeticide.

The situation is worst in Punjab.

In many parts there are only 700 girls per 1000 boys.

This decline in sex ratio might lead to degradation of moral values of society resulting in

- Polyandry

- violence against women

- red trafficking.

This low is being strictly implemented but still there is a fear that there is a fear that these practices are going on in the back street.

I feel that law alone is not sufficient .

Other measures like-

Providing old-age-pension to parents who have no son.

Free and compulsory education for girls.

Job reservation for women

and equal share in property would also help.

In the end I would like to say that all of us have to work together to form a gender balanced society.

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