Maha better in enforcing gender test law: NGO

MUMBAI: Maharashtra has a better record than other Indian states as far as implementation of the rules of the PCPNDT Act is concerned, said a survey done by the civil society and NGOs.

“Maharashtra has seen 74 convictions under the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PCPNDT) Act. This is about 30% of the total cases filed so far. This is better than other states where only a handful of cases are filed,” said Varsha Deshpande of Lekh Ladki, one of the NGOs of the Girls Count national network. On Tuesday, members of Girls Count as well other NGOs held a consultation with state government officials on the implementation of the PCPNDT Act. NGO representatives said Maharashtra is ahead because of the constant participation of the civil society as well as the symbiotic relationship between NGOs and government arms. “Recent trends with the state government show that child sex ratio is improving. This is because of the systems that have been put in place due to constant dialogue between government officials and NGOs,” she added. For instance, she said, Maharashtra is the only state where the doctors cannot just pay a fine and reclaim sealed ultrasound machine.

Source- Times of India


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