Social and Legal Awareness with Regard to Female Foeticide

No doubt!, To create awareness in the mind of people is very important and the dire need of the hour is female-foeticide / infanticide.

In my opinion how much ever awareness campaign are organised there should be an intensive training programmes for to be mother/father along with the mother/father of girls/boys.female-foeticide

Like how HIV Certificate is made mandatory for registration of marriage EVEN PRE-CONCEPTION AND PRE-NATAL TRAINING CERTIFICATE SHOULD BE MADE MANDATORY FOR REGISTERING MARRIAGE AND IN THE FIRST PLACE MARRIAGE REGISTRATION SHOULD BE MADE COMPULSORY FOR ALL. I think this would help at least substantially .

To know more about the impact of female foeticide on society please go through the judgement referred in the below link.

EXCERPTS FROM THE JUDGEMENT DATED: 4TH MARCH 2013 BY  Voluntary Health Association of Punjab. Vs. Union of India and ors. – Court Judgment – Hon’ble Justice – K.S.RADHAKRISHNAN DIPAK MISRA JJ

Female foeticide has its roots in the social thinking which is fundamentally based on certain erroneous notions, ego-centric traditions, pervert perception of societal norms, and obsession with ideas which are totally individualistic sans the collective good. All involved in female foeticide deliberately forget to realize that when the fetus of a girl child is destroyed, a woman of future is crucified. To put it differently, the present generation invites the sufferings on its own and also sows the seeds of suffering for the future generation, as in the ultimate eventuate, the sex ratio gets affected and leads to manifold social problems. I may hasten to add that no awareness campaign can ever be complete unless there is real focus on the prowess of women and the need for women empowerment.

11. A woman has to be regarded as an equal partner in the life of a man. It has to be borne in mind that she has also the equal role in the society, i.e., thinking, participating and leadership. The legislature has brought the present piece of legislation with an intention to provide for prohibition of sex selection before or after conception and for regulation of pre-natal diagnostic techniques for the purposes of detecting genetic abnormalities or metabolic disorders or chromosomal abnormalities or certain congenital malformations or sex-linked disorders and for the prevention of their misuse for sex determination leading to female foeticide. The purpose of the enactment can only be actualised and its object fruitfully realized when the authorities under the Act carry out their functions with devotion, dedication and commitment and further there is awakened awareness with regard to the role of woman When a female foeticide takes place, every woman who mothers the child must remember that she is killing her own child despite being a mother. That is what abortion would mean in social terms. Abortion of a female child in its conceptual eventuality leads to killing of a woman. Law prohibits it; scriptures forbid it; philosophy condemns it; ethics deprecate it, morality decries it and social science abhors it. Henrik Ibsen emphasized on the individualism of woman. John Milton treated her to be the best of all God’s workmen in a society.

what Lord Denning had to say about the equality of women and their role in the society: –

“A woman feels as keenly, thinks as clearly, as a man. She in her sphere does work as useful as man does in his. She has as much right to her freedom – to develop her personality to the full as a man. When she marries, she does not become the husband’s servant but his equal partner. If his work is more important in life of the community, her’s is more important of the family. Neither can do without the other. Neither is above the other or under the other. They are equals.”

The Union of India has filed an affidavit in September 2011 giving the details of the prosecutions launched under the Pre-conception and Pre-natal Diagnostic Techniques (Prohibition of Sex Selection) Act and the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (Prohibition on Sex-Selection) Rules, 1996 (for short ‘the Rules’), up to June 2011.

We have gone through the chart as well as the data made available by various States, which depicts a sorry and an alarming state of affairs.

Lack of proper supervision and effective implementation of the Act by various States, are clearly demonstrated by the details made available to this Court.

However, State of Maharashtra has comparatively a better track record. Seldom, the ultrasound machines used for such sex determination in violation of the provisions of the Act are seized and, even if seized, they are being released to the violators of the law only to repeat the crime.

Hardly few cases end in conviction. Cases booked under the Act are pending disposal for several years in many Courts in the country and nobody takes any interest in their disposal and hence, seldom, those cases end in conviction and sentences, a fact well known to the violators of law.

Many of the ultra-sonography clinics seldom maintain any record as per rules and, in respect of the pregnant women, no records are kept for their treatment and the provisions of the Act and the Rules are being violated with impunity.

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