For the first time, two doctors who tested
the sex of the child in the fetus of
the mother have been convicted for
violating the Pre-Natal Diagnostic
Technique Regulation & Prevention
of Misuse Act, 1994. The Act was
promulgated to ban the testing of sex
babies in fetuses because parents were
increasingly aborting female babies
either in preference to boys or
because they already have a boy.
The issue of female infanticide has seen
the estimated death of 5 million
babies greatly affecting sex ratios in
societies. Although the numbers in
India are not as bad as those in China
[insert China news analysis], the
shock of dwindling sex ratios have
caused large imbalances. While the law
itself was brought into force some 12
years ago, this is the first
Haryana and Punjab have the worst sex ratios in the country.
Delhi has the dubious honor of being the third worst.