According to official data of the health department of the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC), the sex ratio in the limits of PMC has dropped from 934 to 909 in the last six months. The department recently updated its six-monthly data on sex ratio.
Meanwhile, the health department officials noted that last year’s strike by the Radiologists against the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PCPNDT) cell has resulted in lower actions being taken against doctors who illegally disclose the gender of the foetus. The officials have attributed this as a reason for the fall in the number (sex ratio).
The PMC health department data stated that there is a steep fall of 25 in sex ratio in PMC limits in the last six months. The recent data shows that the number of girls in against of 1000 boys is 909 in the first half of 2017 compared to 934 last year.
Speaking about the number, Dr Vashali Jadhav, in-charge of the PCPNDT cell said, “The six months data shows that the number has declined. Since last few years, we have been taking action against those doctors who are violating the law.”
The PMC had taken action against six doctors in 2014 and eight in 2015 under PCPNDT Act. However, in 2016 there has been only one case registered and this year the department has taken no action on any doctor so far.
The sex ratio determines how many female children are born against 1,000 male children. According to the National Family Health Survey – (NFHS-4) done during 2015-2016, there were 991 girls against 1000 boys. The statistics for Maharashtra was 952 and that of Pune district was 953.
Meanwhile, activists think that it should be collective responsibility of society to improve sex ratio. Kiran Moghe, activists from Pune who works on gender issues, said, “The doctors are commercially motivated to do sex selection. We often just blame the government for its in-action in ensuring that no girl child is killed. But, it should be a collective measure that every girl lives.”
A gynaecologist from the city, requesting anonymity, said, “There are few doctors who violate the law for the greed of money. Government should be more proactive in punishing such doctors.”