Political Leaders in Mumbai ‘IGNORE’ sex selection


FPJ

If you are finding it difficult to stick by your word, political parties can teach you a lesson or two on effectively breaking promises.

As bigweights and minnows from across party lines as well as independent candidates lock horns on Thursday for the 2012 BMC elections, all the major political parties who had earlier promised to educate their corporators to curb the inhumane practice of SEX SELECTION , have now gone back on their word. One of the parties has also stated that the issue is not included in civic manifesto, as the rampant practice does not occur in BMC hospitals.

Shockingly in the last 10 years, Mumbai has seen a massive decrease in child sex ratio of up to five per cent. Activists suggest that female foeticide is as rampant among the higher income group as well as in the urban poor. Further they say that BMCs health department monitors both private and civic hospitals, therefore question of such a bizzare distinction between public and private hospitals does not arise.

Two months back, state heads from Congress, Nationalist Congress Party ( NCP), Communist Party of India ( Marxist) ( CPM), Bhartiya Janta Party ( BJP), Shiv Sena, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena ( MNS) and Samajwadi Jan Parishad had assured inclusion of fighting sex selection  in their civic election manifestos. Ironically, a detailed read of the manifestos however does not find any mention of tackling the menace.

The parties had agreed to include the issue after peoples’representatives from Lek Ladki Abhiyan – an NGO fighting for the cause had convened a meeting at Nagpur for pledging local coporators support towards the cause.

Citing reasons for refusal, Vidya Chavan, MLC from NCP erratically stated, ” This illegal practice is not prevalent in BMC hospitals, therefore the need for such an inclusion was not felt.” Chavan had earlier in November told FPJ, ” We will convince state leaders of eventual constructive outcomes leading from training party candidates and organising legal workshops to curb sex selection by including the cause of sex selection  in our party manifesto.” ” It is unfortunate that the parties have broken their promise. We will write to them and ask them for an explanation,” expressed Deshpande of Lek Ladki Abhiyan.

Shocking facts

Illegal sex determination business spirals into a massive sum of Rs. 15,000 crore.

In 2000, sex ratio was 922 girls per 1000 boys in Mumbai.

This has declined to currently 874 girls per 1000 boys in 2011.

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