Navigation Links
India to Monitor Pregnancies to Check Girl Foeticide: Report

India plans a national mandatory registry of pregnancies and abortions to stem selective abortions of girl fetuses, a minister said, according to a report.

India has only 927 females for every 1,000 males -- far lower than the worldwide average of 1,050 females -- mainly due to selective abortion in the country where many people prefer to have male children.

"This will check both foeticide and infant mortality," the minister for women and child development Renuka Chowdhury told the Hindustan Times daily.

Officials said the data would permit the government to focus efforts on areas with a large gap between the number of pregnancies recorded and births, the report said.

Chowdhury also told the paper abortions should only be permitted in cases with a "valid and acceptable reason," without elaborating.

There was no immediate official comment from the government on the report.

India already encourages pregnant women to voluntarily register with community health workers so they can get health and nutrition advice and benefits, one official told AFP.

"These things are not mandatory in a democracy," said a government child development official. "We have to educate people rather than forcing them."

Chowdhury's remarks came after several centres were discovered recently to be conducting outlawed sex-determination tests and aborting female foetuses.

In a gruesome discovery last month, dozens of tiny bones were found in the septic tank of a clinic belonging to a man posing as a doctor in wealthy Gurgaon, a suburb of the Indian capital.

The suburb is part of a state with one of the country's worst gender ratios -- just 820 females for every 1,000 males -- showing the preference for sons persists despite high incomes and education.

Sons are typically seen as breadwinners. They are also needed to light their parents' funeral pyr es according to Hindu rites. Girls are often viewed as a burden because of the matrimonial dowry demanded by a groom's family.

But making it mandatory for women to report their pregnancies is too invasive and may do little to address the problems that create the preference in the first place, critics say.

"Whether such a thing will be possible in a democracy, I doubt," women's rights activist Ranjana Kumari told the Indian daily.

A study last year by the British medical journal The Lancet said India may have lost 10 million unborn girls in the past 20 years, but Indian experts have challenged the number, saying it likely closer to five million.


Related medicine news :

1. Is Diabetes the Leading Cause of Kidney Failure in India
2. AIDS Disaster in India is Imminent
3. Indian Prime Minister has successful Knee Replacement Surgery
4. International community warns India on HIV situation
5. India takes on foot-and-mouth disease by vaccinating animals
6. Development of AIDS vaccine -- Chiron Corp in talks with four Indian cos
7. India to benefit from pharma companies move
8. Healthcare sector is now a multi billion-dollar industry in India
9. The World Bank funds private Hospital in India
10. Parke-Davis (India) runs into rough weather – Court orders attachment of asset
11. Indian Doctor granted US patent on organ regeneration
Post Your Comments:

(Date:11/30/2015)... Grove, IL (PRWEB) , ... November 30, 2015 , ... ... for an emerging pharmaceutical company. Because it is so important to this key industry ... “Success Factors in your IND Filing” on December 4th at 11am EST. , Federal ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... Maryland (PRWEB) , ... November 30, 2015 , ... ... interactions could be of critical importance to the medical schools of the future. ... exhibited its healthcare suite at the 2015 ChangeMedEd conference in Chicago, organized by ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... , ... November 30, 2015 ... ... Inc. are pleased to announce their strategic partnership at the Radiological Society ... Transcription Service, Inc., and Winscribe, global providers of cutting-edge dictation and speech-enabled ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... ... November 30, 2015 , ... Bayco Products, Inc today announced the introduction of three ... in a choice of three different colors; red ( NSP-1632 ), yellow ( NSP-1634 ) ... to 18 hours in constant-on mode, or 27 hours in blinking strobe mode using a ...
(Date:11/29/2015)... ... 30, 2015 , ... The Cyber Monday deal is a deep 40% or more discount on ... get gifts for the skin care lover in your circle. Each Christmas, Sublime Beauty ... year, the 3 serums are staples: Collagen, Retinol and Hyaluronic Serums. , Stocking stuffers like ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:11/30/2015)... 2015 Mexico Healthcare and Life Sciences Report ... 2015 . --> Pharmaboardroom releases its new 98-page ... Latin America , a country of over 122 million people. ... over 122 million people. --> It offers companies, investors, ... sciences insights into the second largest pharma and healthcare market in ...
(Date:11/29/2015)... Nov. 29, 2015   Royal Philips  (NYSE: PHG, ... solutions at the 2015 Radiological Society of North America ... McCormick Place in Chicago . Visitors ... the company,s broad portfolio of integrated Diagnostic Imaging, Clinical ... increase clinical performance, improve workflow and create a superior ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... Pays-Bas, November 27, 2015 ... traitement photodynamique au Bremachlorin contre le cancer avancé. ... consistant à combiner l,immunothérapie au traitement photodynamique au ... --> Une nouvelle approche consistant à ... le cancer avancé.    Clinical ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: