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Haryana Government Making New Efforts to Stop Female Foeticide in the State

May 28 2012

As a pre-emptive measure against Female Foeticide the government of Haryana has made it mandatory for pregnant women to submit a photocopy of their identification proofs at ultra sound centres.

The spokesperson for the health department is Haryana said that, the identification proofs that can be submitted include ration card, voter ID, electricity or water supply bill, bank pass books, PAN cards, army cards, driving licence, office ID, passports, residential proof or even a government or factory issued certificate that could certify their identity, before the pregnant woman can undergo the ultrasound test.

"Any of the aforementioned documents can be submitted and the responsibility of collecting, verifying and ensuring the credibility of the submitted document would be of the radiologist at the facility." the spokesman said.

The conducting of an ultrasound of a pregnant woman without the recommendation of a certified gynaecologist or physician is strictly prohibited and would be considered a criminal offence, and under the Pre-Natal Diagnostic Test (PNDT) strict legal action can be taken against any radiologist who fails to abide by the issued directions.

The Haryana government with this move aims to contain incidents of female foeticide (the killing of the unborn female child through abortion by families who desire to have a son).

The Spokesperson also mentioned that in order to keep in check the growing menace of female foeticide, the government has decided to issue an award of `21,000 for those who can provide information about doctors who conduct sex-determination tests in Haryana, which is illegal.

These measures being taken by the government of Haryana come as a much needed step considering the fact that Haryana has one of the worst sex ratios in the country with a sex ration of just 877 females per 1,000 males.

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