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Published On:01 November 2011
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Docs effective link in campaign to save daughters, will change sex ratio imbalance scenario of Census 2021: Madhya Pradesh CM

‘Sex determination test should be banished like Sati’

By Pervez Bari

Bhopal: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ruled Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that the problem of depleting daughters' ratio in society cannot be solved by just enacting laws, but mindset will have to be changed for it. Doctors should become an effective link in the success of this work, he urged.

Chief Minister Mr. Chouhan was addressing a programme of doctors held under the banner of Beti Bachao Abhiyan (Save Daughter Campaign), wherein about 200 office-bearers of various associations of doctors took an oath on the occasion for bringing about awareness about daughters' importance in society and not to conduct illegal embryo sex determination test. It was the first programme of its kind with doctors in the state and country regarding the campaign which was held at the CM House here on Sunday.

The members of the medical fraternity also took an oath for expressing their opposition to those persons and doctors who demand unauthorised embryo sex determination and conduct illegal sex determination test. They also resolved to provide information about such office-bearers of their institutions. Besides, they took the oath to ensure full implementation of all the provisions of PC & PNDT Act (Pre-Conception & Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques Act). The doctors also took the pledge to create awareness about daughter's importance among those who visit them for treatment. The oath was administered by Mr. Chouhan.

Continuing Chief Minister Mr. Chouhan said doctors can play an important role in bringing about awareness and change people's mindset. He hoped that doctors' contribution can change the scenario of Census 2021 as by then the present sex ratio imbalance in the state would be rectified.

He said that the State Government is considering a pension plan for the parents who have only daughters. Besides, it is also being considered to give legal right to daughters to call their parents to stay with them. He said that Madhya Pradesh is going to achieve 10 per cent growth rate during the ongoing 11th Five-Year Plan. The state has also achieved Rs. 34,000 per capita income. But if daughters are not saved, everything will go waste. There will be no nature, if there are no daughters. It is a matter of concern for all. Schemes like Mukhyamantri Kanyadan Yojna and Ladli Laxmi Yojna have been launched in the state for daughters. He said that there is always a natural balance, but society exercises discrimination. This problem will end only when mindset in society is changed. Social imbalance leads to various kinds of tensions and problems. This problem is found more in cities, educated and wealthy people. In our country, there has been a tradition for thousands of years to honour daughters.

Becoming emotionally charged Chief Minister Mr. Chouhan declared that he will continue Beti Bachao Abhiyan till his last breath. He said that it is the Chief Minister's duty also to draw people's attention to the lurking danger. All kinds of problems will crop up if the number of daughters continued to dwindle at such a rapid pace. Therefore, it is necessary to make this campaign a mass social movement.

Addressing the programme, Member of Parliament and Madhya Pradesh State BJP President Prabhat Jha said that this issue will be raised in next session of Parliament. Beti Bachao Abhiyan is a creative and pious work. All the people's representatives should be made aware about this campaign. Novel schemes have been launched in Madhya Pradesh in the social sector.

Earlier, office-bearers of various associations of doctors while speaking on the occasion promised to give active cooperation in Beti Bachao Abhiyan.

Dr. Shailesh Lunawat of Radiological Association of India said that Madhya Pradesh is the first state to have launched a mission to save daughters. He claimed that no radiologist is involved in sex determination. He revealed that the curse of indulging in female foeticide had resulted in a peculiar situation in a village Devna in Jaisalmer district of Rajasthan. With virtually no protection to girl child no daughters were born it was only after 110 long, long years that a Baraat (bridegroom’s wedding party) entered the village for marriage ceremony.

Dr. Lunawat said the mindset that sons are asset and daughters are liabilities has to be changed for which his organization would play a pro-active role in reversing the traditional trend.

Dr. P. R. Dev of the United Nations Population Fund said that a committee by the name "Doctors Against Sex Selection" has been constituted in every district. The FOGSI, (Federation of Obstetric and Gynaecological Societies of India), representative Dr. Ratna Kaul said that the institution boycotts doctors conducting sex determination tests.

Dr. Lalit Shrivastava, president of Madhya Pradesh Medical Officers Association, said that disregard to daughters is a matter of social concern. He recalled that great religious, social and educational reformer Raja Ram Mohan Roy with his efforts had banished the practice of Sati, the Hindu funeral practice in which the widow immolated herself on her husband's funeral pyre.

Similarly, Dr. Shrivastava assured that the members of the medical fraternity will make the Beti Bachao Abhiyan a successful venture with their active participation so that the balance in sex ratio is restored once again for the welfare of the society. He announced that his association will boycott those doctors who are found indulging in violating PC & PNDT Act and extend them no protection on behalf of the association.

Dr. Rakesh Mishra of Indian Pediatrics Association said that parents should not discriminate against daughters. Awareness should be brought about in this connection. Dr. Saket Saraf of Nursing Homes Association said that it is responsibility of every person to maintain balance in society. Dr. Ashwini Syal of Private Practitioners Association said that the institution will take out awareness rallies in the rural areas. Dr. Anjali Kanhare of Obstetrics and Gynaecologists Association said that her institution will extend cooperation in the campaign. Dr. Chandorkar of BJP Medical Cell said that every doctor should get ‘Beti Hai To Kal Hai’ slogan inscribed on his prescription slip. Dr. R.K. Chaurasia of National Medico Organisation said that medical students will also be made aware in this connection. Dr. Rini Malik of Pathologists and Microbiologists Association said that daughters should be welcomed like Laxmi.

At the outset, Vice-President of Jan Abhiyan Parishad Dr. Ajay Mehta delivered the welcome address. A self-learning kit prepared for doctors was also released on the occasion by the Chief Minister Mr. Chouhan. An exhibition comprising photographs and poetry on daughters was put up by Mr. Anil Goyal at the venue of the programme.

[Pervez Bari is a Journalist based at Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. He is associated with IndianMuslimObserver.com as Bureau Chief (Madhya Pradesh). He can be contacted at pervezbari@eth.net]

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