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Roshni B.. (For justice and dignity)     31 July 2011

Sex determination: charge husbands, in-laws,say pune doctors


Prominent members of the Maharashtra chapter of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) have demanded that rather than punish doctors alone, parents and others who seek s*x determination tests should also be prosecuted under the law.

This demand has been made by Pune IMA president, Dr Ambrish Shahade, and past president, Dr Avinash Bhondwe.

“Doctors who are found guilty should be prosecuted according to the law; but the in-laws and the pregnant women should also be brought to book and penalised for forcing doctors to carry out s*x determination tests,’’ Shahade said.

Speaking to DNA, former IMA president Bhondwe said, “Every time we find that some doctor is named, framed and punished. We strongly feel that doctors are not the only ones to be blamed. The pregnant woman, the in-laws and their husbands too are involved.

The primary aim of the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PCPNDT) Act, 1994, is to enhance the declining ratio of females to males. There is a need to change the strategy to fight the declining ratio through awareness programmes where not only government bodies but NGOs and medical associations should come together,’’ he said.

Criminal charges were filed recently against two city doctors, Makarand Ranade of Sadashiv Peth and Nina Mathrani of Laxmi Road, for allegedly carrying out s*x determination tests. They were booked after a sting operation was carried out by a social organisation, Janwadi Mahila Sangathan, in association with government authorities.

In a related action, the civic body suspended registrations and also sealed sonography machines of more than nine centres in the city recently. These centres were under close observation for nearly two months on charges of conducting s*x determination tests.

Bhondwe suggested that a central registry of all pregnant women should be maintained by the civic body or the gram panchayat. It should be maintained from the time of confirmation of pregnancy in the early stage. The register may be maintained at any of the four places such as the family doctor, gynaecologist, pathology laboratory or a sonography clinic where the pregnancies are detected. The reporting of the pregnancy should be made mandatory to all the doctors involved, he said.

“People not doing the necessary registration of their pregnancy should be denied birth certificates by these institutes. We all know how important the birth certificate is. Hence, the registration will be done by everybody with some probable initial resistance,’’ he added.

Bhondwe suggested that the register must contain the information about the history of pregnancy of the woman, the s*x of the previous children and whether it is her first, second or the third pregnancy. Once this information is collected, it will become easy to locate the probable women who may attempt s*x determination and the consequences thereafter.

“They may be counselled, made aware and surveillance may be done for such would-be mothers,’’ he explained. Noting that ultra-sonography is not the only technique to diagnose the s*x of a foetus, Bhondwe said amniocentesis and chorionic villi biopsy are used for the same purpose.

However, these are totally ignored by the authorities. These procedures are costly and not very handy, but they too should be under surveillance, he stressed.

The Pune IMA has already announced a prize of Rs1 lakh for informers who help nab errant doctors involved in female foeticide and s*x determination tests. All 160 IMA branches across the state will participate in this initiative and help identify unscrupulous doctors.*x-determaination-doctors_1562810


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it also says pregnant woman

Roshni B.. (For justice and dignity)     31 July 2011

A mother naturally has maternal instinct for her child.She cannot kill it,unless pressured.


A grandmother(wicked mum-in-law)has no materrnal instinct.So she is not affected if grand-daughter is killed.When a mum-in-law can burn the bride,why can't she kill her child?



Janhavi (Resourcer)     31 July 2011

My request to LCI moderators to please delete this thread.

ROSHNI B is wasting time of people around here by posting threads and asking members their opinion and then debating with them.

This has been the trend of all of her threads.





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zimmerzapper (student)     31 July 2011

that depends on how strong her maternal instincts are. and i know mothers also want to kill their own babies. what makes a grandmother lose her maternal instincts? it is same gender hatred women have, which even a mother has.

Roshni B.. (For justice and dignity)     31 July 2011

I don't understand the mindset of these MILs.


They wail & cry when a daughter is born,because they fear all those dowry problems the family may face during her marriage.


But by the time the grandaughter gets married,her grandmother may not be alive see these dowry problems,if any.


Then why do these old women crib so much during a female's birth?

hema (law officer)     31 July 2011

From bottom of my heart, I say my sincere thanks to you Ms. Roshni for reproducing this news item.  I have been stuck up while sketching the suggestions for the action oriented programmes, which will be put before administrative and judicial authorities in curbing female foeticide.  Your reproduced news item came as lightning from the dark cloud and now I can proceed smoothly in my endeavour and I can fulfill my task easily. Thank you once again for this news item.   

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Peope who have any legal problems are already posting their queries here in forums.Nobody stops them.They are getting replies from lawyers and public also.Then they get help from experts section also.So nobody can say that the public is not getting help in forum section.


Roshni B.. (For justice and dignity)     31 July 2011

@ Hema jee,


Welcome!I also thankyou for letting me know that you find this news helpful,in your crusade against fem. infanticide.It  makes me truly satisfied when I come to know that I am of help to someone..

Let envious people envy me,who have no good contribution in LCI,except keeping certain threads on top by abusing members there...I don't care.I am just too glad to know that this news which was getting criticised just a while back immediately got appreciated for its utility..



I feel that passing laws to stop fem. infanticide will not really change the situation.if these laws force the old cribbing grannies to let their grand-daughter survive,they will devise other ways to harass her so that she commits suicide after growing up,or deny her food so that she  dies,or deliberately lose her in a crowded place,or force the mum not to breast feed her when she's an infant,and so on..manipulative people will find many ways to get rid of the unwanted female child.


So we need a change in MENTALITY OF PEOPLE;not just laws.


Thank U Roshni for posting  a news in LCI Family Forum.

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Roshni, well done and keep doing.

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