Wednesday, June 29, 2011

NHRC serves notice to state govts on reports published in The Asian Age and The Tribune

Dear All
I had made a complaints to NHRC based on the following news paper reports

Please refer to the news in the link and the news below:


The social groups working on the "Let Girls Be Born" campaign blamed ultrasound centres for the decline in the male-female sex ratio in the age group of 0 to 6. The state has 1,804 machines at registered sonography centres. "Our study indicates that 304 girls are killed every day before being born in Rajasthan, claims Shikshit Rozgar Kendra Prabandhak Samiti (SRKPS) secretary Rajan Choudhary. The situation is alarming.

As per figures, 10,925 foetuses are aborted every year in the state," says Mr Choudhary, who has been working on the Save The Girl project for years. He said the authorities launched a probe under the PC-PNDT Act only in 183 cases but now the doctors involved in abortion hire middlemen to avoid any legal action against them, he says.

According to SRKPS, Jaipur emerges as the most flourishing centre for such sex determination and abortion activities as the city has 600 sonography centres.

"Though the state government raised its preparedness to act against such activities but the authorities are illequipped and working halfheartedly," says Mr Choudhary. The 2011 Census revealed that for 1,000 boys, Rajasthan has only 883 girls. "If the state government could effectively check against the erring sonography centres, the sex ratio could improve significantly, Mr Choudhary added.

According to SRKPS, the border district of Sriganganagar is the only district in Rajasthan where the sex ratio has registered a marginal increase by four points from 850 in 2001 to 854 in year 2011. "The decline in sex ratio by 26 points in the last decade as compared to seven points in the 1990s was unexpected and warranted a serious reflection among the policy planners, says Mr Choudhary. "Before the advent of ultrasound machine, the state had better sex ratio, he said. "As per our study, 5,000 people are working as middlemen in Rajasthan between the sonography centres and the families," he said.


Please refer to the news in The Tribune, Delhi, 24.06.2011


 Sex detection rampant in Delhi: NGO

New Delhi, June 23
Taking a lead from Delhi's skewed sex ratio, activists today said sex detection tests were rampant in the Capital but these were going unreported.

"Blatant violation of the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques Act (PCPNDT Act) is going on in the outskirts bordering Haryana and Uttar Pardesh, but these go unreported. In the past 10 years, only 61 cases of violations have been filed, but that is not possible considering the declining sex ratio," said executive director of the Centre for Advocacy and Research Akhila Das.

According to the Census 2011, there are 866 females per 1,000 males in the Capital.

Of the 61 complains registered in the last decade, 40 were for non-registration of clinics, nine for advertising the availability of sex determination tests, and others under the PCPNDT Act that bans all forms of sex detection.

The maximum number of ultrasound machines were registered in south district (417), followed by west district with 347 machines.

"Sonography in clinics is very much rampant, but it is the zero implementation of the Act that is behind the skewed sex ratio. There has to be a crackdown on medical practitioners and people behind such clinics," said Bijaylaxmi, a member of the Centre for Advocacy and Research. - IAN

Please find attached the notice served to the state governments by NHRC.

Best regards


Dr Mohanlal Panda

Advisor, PVCHR


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