Sex determination test should be made compulsory, says Maneka Gandhi

Jaipur, Feb 2: Union women and child development minister Maneka Gandhi has suggested that sex determination test during pregnancy should be made mandatory as it will be more effective measure to check female foeticide in the country.

According to her, an expecting mother should be aware about whether it is a boy or girl child whom she is going to give birth.

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"It is a different way to look at the problem of female foeticide, which could be solved with this idea," she said.
"A proposal is under discussion in the Cabinet to evolve a system that can easily track attempts at female feticide (by parents) instead of punishing the fraternity involved in the medical processes," Maneka said at a conference here on Monday, reported the Times of India.

"Those registering the sex of the foetus will have to produce a medical certificate or cite the reason for termination of pregnancy," said Union women and child development minister Maneka Gandhi.

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The govt is considering to do away with ban on sex determination in view of sonographies getting done by influential people to terminate pregnancies despite ban. This result into action against nurses and doctor involved in it.

"There's no point in increasing the number of people in prisons, which are already overburdened," she said.

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