Radiologists join hands to save and empower girl child

November 8 is celebrated as the International Day of Radiology. On this occasion, the Maharashtra State Branch of Indian Radiological & Imaging Association (MSBIRIA) will celebrate it across various cities for the empowerment of the girl child, under the social initiative called as Raksha. Various functions will be organised to educate people on this positive aspect of radiology. As well as to save and empower the girl child

Radiologists take initiative to save and empower girl child

Monetary and in kind donations will be given for the girl child from low socioeconomic strata for their education, life support and such selfless social work. Aurangabad, Navi Mumbai, Thane, Pune, and Pune – Chinchwad and Latur are some of the chapters which have already planned several activities in the week around November 8, where they will have awareness programs.

“We have undertaken village development. We work for women empowerment and provide them with finances as well as the farmers. Farmers are not given finances if the hemoglobin of the ladies in the family is up to the mark or if they haven’t constructed toilets. We provide them with basic amenities without government’s help. We have undertaken health programme for 11 women. We encourage them to work and lead a dignified life,” said Neelima Mishra, President Bhagini Nivedita Gramin Vigyan Niketan (BNGVN).

Dr Sona Pungavkar
Dr Sona Pungavkar

“Although many people have had their own X-rays, MRI scans, ultrasound and numerous other medical imaging technologies, most people are not aware of the immense contribution of the radiologists to the diagnosis and management of diseases. Hence, November 8, is celebrated as a day of action and awareness,” said Dr Sona Pungavkar, a consultant radiologist and central council member of MSBIRIA.

She added, “Since ages immortal, from the times of Vedas, Ramayana or Mahabharata, much reverence, respect and equal rights were given to females in Indian culture. But in the modern age, females have been looked down upon in Indian patriarchal society. These feelings of a female being a burden to the family can be traced to the times, when dowry became a way of the society. The practice of dowry caused ruin in the lower and middle class families. And hence, the female child fell out of favour in the family and preference for male child developed over generations.”

Professor Dr Shailesh G Sangani, Member of MSBIRIA and Consultant Radiologist said, “The Pre-Natal Diagnostics Test (PNDT) act was passed in Parliament in 1993 and later amended as Preconception and Pre-Natal Diagnostics Test (PCPNDT) act in 1997 to prevent sex determination, which in turn can lead to female feticide (abortion). This made the radiologist realise that they can stop the foetal feticide if they themselves say no to illegal diagnosis in the first place. The Indian Radiological & Imaging Association strongly abides by this act and wants to help government to save the girl child.”


Pungavkar further said, “Radiologists are per se not interested in diagnosing the gender of unborn foetus. However, as there are black sheep as in any other profession, some of them succumb to the lucrative monetary gains offered by unscrupulous relatives of pregnant women, or compelled by referring doctors. But majority have never and still do not support this unethical practice. In fact to prove our point we will say almost 50 percent of radiologists are females and many radiologists themselves have single girl child or two female children, even though they have all the technology at their disposal to use it to avoid second girl child, if they wished to.”