India: 3,500,000 females aborted annually, but 22 of 35 States disinterested in PNDT Act violations Print E-mail
 Sunday June 25, 2006

States neglect missing girls


New Delhi, June 24: The latest data till May 2006, of violation of the Pre-Conception & Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques Act (PC & PNDT) 1994, has revealed that as many as 22 out of the 35 states in India have not reported a single case of violation of the Act, since it came into force in 1994. In India, where declining female sex ratio has reached genocidal proportions, the findings pose a big question mark on the effectiveness of the law and the lax attitude of the Union health ministry.

The biggest violators include Delhi, which is leading with total of 76 cases of violation of the PC&PNDT rules including 69 cases of non-registration of births. Close on its heels is Punjab with a total of 67 cases and Gujarat with 57 cases including 38 cases of non-maintenance of records.

The biggest violation reported, however, is 13 cases of communication of the sex of the foetus in Punjab, 12 in Haryana, eight in Maharashtra, one in Delhi, two in Uttarachal, one each in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. “Major violation is happening in developed states. In Punjab and Haryana, the district authorities are not taking interest,”said Dr Ratan Chand, director of PNDT.

While Maharashtra and Delhi are leading in illegal advertisement of pre-natal diagnostic facilities in clinics; Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, Gujarat, Andra Pradesh, Punjab and Karnataka are in the defaulters’ list for non-registration of births.

The Union health ministry , that is raising concern about the rising number of ‘missing’ girls in the country, needs to wake up from its slumber. While in the early 1990’s, the country had 25 million missing girls, the figure has now risen to 35 million, recently stated health minister Anbumani Ramadoss. The ‘missing’ number of girls are in reality the ones who are missing from all records of the PNDT Act.

“Every year 35 lakh women are eliminated in the country. In states where no violation is reported, shows that the government has not been serious in curbing the crime,”said Sabu George of Centre For Women’s Development Studies, and activist against female foeticide. States like Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Jammu and Kashmir, Goa, Orissa, Jharkhand, Kerala, Rajasthan and Chhatisgarh besides others have not reported a single case of violation of the PNDT rules.