Holy Hormones Honey! Female foeticide is the act of aborting a fetus because it is female. Female foeticide (feticide) is the worst form of dehumanization and an abomination. Thanks to Lynette Dumble with the Global Sisterhood Network for bringing this to my attention. If it happens to one woman – it happens to all of us.
SC blames govt for female foeticide
The Supreme Court on Monday passed a slew of directions to check female foeticide, noting that the law relating to pre-natal sex determination was misused with “impunity” in the country.
It observed that “female foeticide is the worst type of dehumanisation of the human race.”
A bench of Justices K S Radhakrishnan and Dipak Misra also directed strict implementation of the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (Prohibition of Sex-Selection) Act, 1994.
“There has been no effective supervision or follow-up action so as to achieve the object and purpose of the Act. Mushrooming of various sonography centres, genetic clinics, genetic counselling centres, genetic laboratories, ultrasonic clinics, imaging centres in almost all parts of the country calls for more vigil and attention by the authorities under the Act,” the court said.
The court asked the Central and state governments to launch awareness campaigns against female foeticide and take steps for mapping of all registered and unregistered ultra-sonography clinics within three months.
Writing a separate but concurring verdict, Justice Misra said: “When a female foeticide takes place, every woman who mothers such a child must remember that she is killing her own child despite being a mother. That is what abortion would mean in social terms. Abortion of a female child in its conceptual eventuality leads to killing of a woman.