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PIL petition claims no improvement in sex ratio in the last eight years

Mohamed Imranullah S.

Attributes it to improper implementation of Prohibition of Sex Selection Act


MADURAI: A public interest litigation (PIL) petition has been filed in the Madras High Court Bench here claiming that there was no improvement in the sex ratio at birth in the State for the past eight years allegedly due to improper implementation of the Pre Conception and Pre Natal Diagnostic Techniques (Prohibition of Sex Selection) Amendment Act, 2002.

According to the Society for Integrated Rural Development (SIRD), a non-governmental organisation based here, the average sex ratio at birth in the country was 952.

However, data obtained under the Right to Information Act with regard to primary health centres in the State showed that the number of centres which recorded sex ratio at birth below 900 had gone up to 434 in 2008 from 376 in 2001.

A Division Bench comprising Justice K. Suguna and Justice C.S. Karnan on Wednesday directed a Special Government Pleader to take instructions from the Health and Family Welfare Secretary and the District Collectors of Madurai, Tirunelveli, Tuticorin, Virudhunagar, Theni, Dindigul and Sivaganga within two weeks and adjourned the matter thereafter.

3,868 registered scan centres in State

The petitioner's counsel, T. Lajapathi Roy, contended that there were 3,868 registered scan centres in the State.

The 2002 Act states that these centres should be classified as Genetic Clinics, Genetic Counselling Centres or Genetic Labs based on the techniques and procedures used by them.

However, no such classification has been done so far.

Further, many fertility clinics had not been brought under the purview of the 2002 Act for registration.

Failure to send

monthly reports

Most of the scan centres and fertility clinics do not fill up the mandatory forms properly. They also fail to send monthly reports to the District Collectors who have been designated as the appropriate authority vested with the powers to monitor and punish the erring centres.

“As per information obtained under the RTI Act, only one-third of the 1,741 pre natal diagnostic techniques centres in the State had submitted their monthly reports between April 2007 and March 2008… This clearly shows that the government authorities were not serious enough in this matter. They have not even bothered to take action against the erring centres,” he said.

Advisory committee meeting

The counsel also claimed that the 2002 Act makes it mandatory for conducting district level advisory committee meetings at least once in two months.

However, the data showed that no such meeting was conducted in Tirunelveli, Virudhunagar, Krishnagiri and Kanyakumari districts between April 2007 and March 2008. They were conducted only twice or thrice in other districts.

Violations noted

An affidavit filed by the NGO stated that it found many violations during its visits to scan centres in coordination with several other NGOs.

In some centres, it was noticed that the sex of the child to be born was revealed through sign language.

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