Maharashtra: State Govt Races Up Measures to Prevent Female Foeticide

Thursday, June 14th, 2012 | by

The state government of Maharashtra has decided to hand over a letter, which will contain in detail, why indulging in female foeticide is a sin against humanity, to every rural couple who gets married. The state authorities, which seems have woken up to the glaring and alarming truth that the ratio of girl child is declining, has decided to take every possible preventive measure.

“If government has to arrest the declining child sex ratio, there is need to create awareness about girl child among couples getting married. Also besides stringent laws, there is need for more target oriented awareness on the issue.  Roping in couple getting married in the drive would help the government in dealing with the issue. Hence, the rural development department has decided to direct gram panchayat members to keep tabs on marriages happening in their areas. The member of the said gram panchayat will be asked to attend the marriage ceremony and hand over a government letter explaining the importance of a girl child in the society,” said Satej Patil, Minister of State for Rural Development.

“Modalities to work out the plan is on. Next week, the draft of the letter that will be handed over to the couples will be finalised and subsequently the orders for initiating the drive will be issued,” said Patil on when the letters will reach the newly wedded couples. He added that a crackdown has been ordered on medical shops which sell abortion pills, without any prescription from doctors.

“There are reports that abortion pills are freely available as medical shops are selling these drugs without prescription from appropriate authority. To curb such practices, the department has asked FDA officials to conduct special drive in the state, especially in the districts having low girl child sex ratio,” he said.


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