Woman doctor held in Sangli for illegal abortions


Kolhapur:

The health department of Sangli Miraj Kupwad Municipal Corporation on Saturday raided a hospital in Ganeshnagar area and found documents and medicines revealing that seven illegal abortions had allegedly been carried out so far by a doctor couple and the hospital owner, who is also a doctor.

It may be recalled that in March last year, an illegal abortion racket was busted in Sangli’s Mhaisal town. Sangli city police, on Monday, arrested Rupali Chougule, a doctor, in connection with the abortions. The district collector said he has written to Medical Council of India, seeking that Chougule’s degree be cancelled. Two other doctors are also wanted in the case.

Police are attempting to trace remains of the aborted foetuses. A preliminary inquiry shows the doctor would get the couples to dispose of the foetus. Police are still to recover aborted foetuses.

District collector Vijaykumar Kalam Patil said, “The licence of the hospital has been cancelled. We have arrested Rupali Chougule and will arrest the other two doctors also. We have sought guidance from experts to make the case strong, so it holds in court. I have written to the MCI to abolish the degrees of these doctors.”

Civic chief Ravindra Khebudkar said all sonography centres and hospitals will be thoroughly scrutinised every three months and a dedicated team of doctors will be deployed for the task. Rupali Chougule is assigned a primary health centre in Sangli district while another suspect is deputed at Gargoti PHC in Kolhapur district. The health administration of both districts have sought case details from Sangli police, and could terminate the services of these doctors

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PNDT Rules: Health Ministry Proposes Amendments, Invites comments


PNDT Rules: Health Ministry Proposes Amendments, Invites comments

The view/ suggestion from the stakeholder and general public is solicited and the same may be sent through email on sopndt-mohfw@nic.in on or before 14th August 2018.

New Delhi: Through a recent public notice, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has put in public domain certain proposed  amendments  to the Pre-conception and Pre-natal Diagnostic Techniques (Prohibition of Sex Selection)(Six Months Training) Rules 2014. and also invited suggestions from the public in this regard

A copy of proposed amendments is enclosed herewith. The amendments primarily talk about the amendments to the Six Months Training Rules, 2014 to regularise the legalities related to the six months course for MBBS and properly define the rules thereof . The rules clearly lay down that the scope of the training will be limited to  prepare the MBBS doctor to conduct prenatal diagnostics only.

The view/ suggestion from the stakeholder and general public is solicited and the same may be sent through email on sopndt-mohfw@nic.in on or before 14th August 2018.

PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO THE SIX MONTHS TRAINING RULES, 2014

Rule No. Existing Proposed Change
Rule 3 Nomenclature of the Six months training in ultrasonography.- The six months training imparted under these rules shall be known as “the Fundamentals in Abdomino- Pelvic Ultrasonography: Level one for M.B.B.S. Doctors”. Scope and Nomenclature of the Six months training in ultrasonography-  Six months training in ultrasonography will Qualify and prepare the MBBS doctor to conduct prenatal diagnostics only. The six months training imparted under these rules shall be known as “the Fundamentals in Obstetrics and Gynecology Ultrasonography: Level one for M.B.B.S. Doctors”.

 

Rule 6 Eligibility for training.

  1. Any registered medical practitioner shall be eligible for undertaking the said six months
  2. The existing registered medical practitioners, who are conducting ultrasound procedures in a Genetic Clinic or Ultrasound Clinic or Imaging Centre on the basis of one year experience or six month training are exempted from undertaking the said training provided they are able to qualify the competency-based assessment specified in Schedule II and in case of failure to clear the said competency-based exam, they shall be required to undertake the complete six months of training, as provided under these rules, for the purpose of renewal of registrations.

 

 Eligibility for training.-

  1. Any registered medical practitioner shall be eligible for undertaking the said six months training.
  2. The existing registered medical practitioners, who are conducting ultrasound procedures in a Genetic Clinic or Ultrasound Clinic or Imaging Centre on the basis of one year experience or six month training are exempted from undertaking the said training provided they are able to qualify the competency-based assessment as per the syllabus specified in Schedule II except the lo2., book and in case of failure to clear the said competency-based exam after two attempts, they shall be required to undertake the complete six months of training, as provided under these rules, for the purpose of renewal of registrations.
Rule 7  Accreditation of institutions for six months training and its recognition.– The following teaching institutions would be accredited as training centres to impart the six months training

namely-

(a) Centres of excellence established under the Acts of Parliament

(b) Medical Council of lndia recognised institutions offering Post Graduate programmes in Obstetrics or GynaecologY and Radiology:

(c) Institutions offering full-time residency DNB programme in Obstetrics or Gynaecology and Radiology.

 Accreditation of institutions for six months training and its recognition.- The following teaching institutions would be accredited as training centres to impart the Six Months Training,namely:-
(a) No change

(b) Medical Council of India recognised
institutions offering Post Graduate programmes in Obstetrics and Gynaecology or Radiology;

(c) institutions offering full-time residency DNB programme in Obstetrics and GynaecologY or
Radiology.

Rule 8  Selection of students.-(l) The selection and intake of registered
medical practitioners for admission to such trainings shall be on the basis of the following criteria:
a) Intake for admission to such training shall be 1:1 teacher to student ratio.

b) Selection shall be as per the merit list of the State postgraduate entrance exam.

c) 20% reservation for in-service candidates.

 Selection of students.-

(1) The selection and intake of registered medical practitioners for admission to such trainings shall be on the basis of the following criteria:

  1. Intake for admission to such trainings shall be up to 1:4 teacher to student ratio. .
  2. Selection shall be as per the merit list of the State Post Graduate Entrance Exam or any other appropriate merit recognised by the state.
  3. Preference up to 50 % shall be given to the  in-service candidates
  4. Seats as mutually decided by the States/UTs shall be provided to the candidates from other States/ UTs where there are no  accredited institutes for imparting six  months training in
    ultrasonography
Rule 9  Changed criteria to be made prospective.- These rules shall come into force with immediate effect in case of new registrations. However, all registered medical practitioners employed in a Genetic Clinic or Ultrasound Changed criteria to be made prospective.- These rules shall come into force with immediate effect in case of new registrations. However, all registered medical practitioners employed in a Genetic Clinic or Ultrasound Changed criteria to be made prospective.- These rules shall come into force with immediate effect in case of new registrations. However, all registered medical practitioners employed in a Genetic Clinic or Ultrasound Clinic or Imaging Centre on the basis of one year experience or six months training and failed to qualify the competency-based exam two attempts as per the syllabus specified in Schedule II- except the logbook- shall have to apply and clear six months training on or before 31st of December.2019.
Rule 14  Validity of the training certificate.-
Certification of training obtained from any State shall be applicable for the purposes of registration under Act in all States.
 Validity of the training certificate:
Certificate for qualifying Six Months Training in Ultrasonography and the Competency-based exams shall be issued jointly by Director of Medical Education and State Appropriate
Authority Certification of training obtained from any State shall be applicable for the
purposes of registration under Act in all
States/ UTs.

 

India -13 women die every day due to unsafe abortions


HIGHLIGHTS

  • Thousands of deaths are reported from unsafe abortions due to lack of trained abortion providers.
  • Lack of knowledge about the legality of abortion and availability of safe services are also causes of death.
  • This is compounded by the social stigma, especially when unmarried women are concerned
Abortion in India

Women and their relatives in a maternity ward in Madhya Pradesh. (Photo: Reuters)

Every day 13 women die in India due to unsafe abortion-related causes. Nearly 6.4 million pregnancies are terminated every year in India. Unsafe abortion, the third leading cause of maternal deaths in the country, contributes eight per cent of all such deaths annually.

Thousands of deaths are reported from unsafe abortions due to lack of trained abortion providers, lack of knowledge about the legality of abortion and availability of safe services, compounded by the social stigma surrounding abortion.

Research shows more than 80 per cent of women do not know that abortion is legal in India and this contributes to women seeking terminations from backstreet providers.

WHY THE QUACKS RULE

While close to 70 per cent of facilities in the public sector in many states offer comprehensive abortion-care services, only 30 per cent of primary health-care centres — which are the first place that village women visit — offer services.

In Bihar and Jharkhand, studies show that 20 per cent of residents know that abortion is legal, whereas in Madhya Pradesh only 12 per cent are aware of the legality of the abortion. In addition, a recent study in Madhya Pradesh revealed that a woman has to travel an average distance of 20 km to reach an abortion provider.

Stigma and attitudes toward women — particularly young, unmarried women — seeking abortion also contribute to the number of unsafe abortions. Some providers refuse to perform abortions on young women or demand that they bring their parents to the health centre. This forces many women to turn to clandestine and unsafe abortions. While the law requires the consent of only the woman if she is over the age of 18 years, in practice, many providers also ask for consent from the spouse or another relative.

A girl stands on posters during a rally against abortion in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad. (Photo: Reuters)

fgfDespite the liberal law — Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act (MTP Act) — that governs abortions in India, non-availability of trained providers, and detailed documentation coupled with poor knowledge about the legality of abortions contribute to abortion-related deaths.

Estimates indicate that two to four per cent of all abortions in the country are son selective abortions. In India, 80-90 per cent of reported abortions take place in the first trimester, while the sex selection is largely an issue in the second trimester.

Poor, young and unmarried women are more likely to delay abortion because they are often poorly informed on many fronts: they may not understand the signs of pregnancy, possibility or legality of obtaining the abortion and the location of safe services.

Accredited Social Health Activist (ASHA) workers serve as the first source of help for rural women when it comes to abortion. (Photo source: American India Foundation)

SOLUTION

To bring down the overall maternal mortality rate, it is imperative that access to safe abortion is made available.

Strengthen access to safe abortion services in the current context:Dissemination and implementation of the comprehensive abortion care training and service delivery guidelines are imperative. It needs to be ensured that providers are trained and equipment and drugs are available at all level of facilities.

Expand the base of legal abortion providers: India basically has a ‘physician only’ abortion law. The number of providers could be significantly increased by amending the law to authorise medical practitioners with a bachelor’s degree in unani, Ayurveda or homoeopathy to provide abortion care.

Increase the upper gestational limit for abortion: In cases where there is a diagnosis of substantial foetal abnormalities, the MTP Act should be amended to allow for later terminations, i.e. beyond 20 weeks of gestation.

Make the MTP Act comprehensive and clear: It needs to be clearly communicated that only the consent of women is required for the MTP procedure. This would address the common practice of providers insisting that a woman’s husband also consent to the abortion.

Simplify access to legal abortion services: As per the law currently, women must obtain the opinion of one doctor for a first-trimester abortion and the opinion of two doctors for a second-trimester abortion. Amending the MTP Act to simplify and reduce the requirement for a provider’s opinion for both first and second-trimester abortions would greatly increase women’s access.

Pro-life activists target rural Nepali women


Soman Rai, a pastor who founded the non-profit Voice of Fetus Nepal, holds up a model of a fetus during a presentation about why women shouldn't have abortions because it is killing a fetus, at a small church in the village of Shilaprabat, Sindhupalcholk district, Nepal, 2017.

Kathmandu, Nepal (CNN)Pastor Soman Rai and his group of volunteers from Kathmandu walk to a small church in the village of Shilaprabat, in Sindhupalchock, an area left devastated by the deadly earthquakes that shook Nepal three years ago.

The only way to access the area, located some 80km (50 miles) east of the capital, is via a wire footbridge and a narrow dirt path.
Once there, Rai and the group set up a table of pamphlets, and hang a large sign with the colorful handprints of children around the slogan “I Choose Life.” At the bottom of the banner is the name of Rai’s organization — Voice of Fetus Nepal.
Nepalese Christians walk nearby a small Christian church and Hindu stupa after a lecture by Soman Rai, a pastor who founded the non-profit Voice of Fetus Nepal, in the village of Shilaprabat, Sindhupalcholk district, Nepal, 2017.

Rai also comes with a black box that contains four fetal dolls — he passes these lifelike models around at every presentation he does so that people will see exactly what he means when he starts talking about abortion.
Rai’s mission is aimed at promoting a pro-life message in churches, schools and with local community leaders all over the country but critics say the group, which is funded by international donations including from the United States, is undermining a government push for access to safe and legal abortion.
The family planning and abortion provider Marie Stopes Nepal says pro-life activists, such as Rai, are deterring Nepali women from getting abortions — especially those in rural areas.
“This issue (of pro-life activists) has stigmatized safe and legal abortion in the communities. The stigmatization of abortion has created discrimination among women seeking abortion and service providers providing safe and legal abortion services,” said Marie Stopes Nepal’s Media and Communications Manager, Shreejana Bajracharya.

Lack of information

Nepal legalized abortion over 15 years ago, and there are around 1,300 authorized abortions clinics currently operating in Nepal.
Early last year the Nepali government made all abortion services free at public medical facilities but surprisingly almost none of the women CNN talked to in and around the village of Shilaprabat knew about the changes.
Issues such as lack of information, stigma, and distrust of government facilities remain among the chief reasons most women in rural areas don’t ask important questions of their healthcare providers.
Many said they didn’t know to ask if a clinic or pharmacy has proper authorization from the government, or what they should do in the event of medical complications.
It’s that gap in information among rural communities that Pastor Rai and his organization are hoping to plug with their own message.
Rai claims he has taught 32,000 pastors and church leaders throughout Nepal, either directly or indirectly through others, to help spread an anti-abortion message since the inception of his NGO in 2009.
Church goers pass around fetal models, during a presentation by Rai.

An estimated 323,000 abortions were performed in Nepal in 2014. This number translates to a rate of 42 abortions per 1,000 women aged 15-49, according to information provided by the US-based Guttmacher institute in partnership with Nepalese Center for Research on Environment, Health and Population Activities (CREHPA).
However, more than half of all the Nepalese abortions that were carried out were performed by illegal providers.
“Abortion clinics are not being accessible for rural women because most of the clinics and government sides are near the cities and larger towns. This is one of the reasons there is a high number of illegal abortions,” said Nepal’s Director of Family Health, Dr. Bikash Devkota.
This compares with Asia as a whole which has an estimated annual rate of abortion of 36 per 1,000 married women of reproductive age (15-44), and 24 per 1,000 for unmarried women.

Changing beliefs

Rai and his organization initially came to the earthquake-affected area immediately after the quakes in 2015.
He handed out pamphlets, which countered rumors that the shocks could adversely affect pregnant women. He also brought food, blankets, and mosquito nets.
Christians in the affected communities came out to help local villagers rebuild their homes. And international NGOs, including several Christian-based groups, flew in to provide humanitarian assistance.
“What we believe is that everybody has the right to information, that is our fundamental right,” says Rai.
“If some pro-choice groups, or pro-abortion groups say that abortion is safe, it’s a normal procedure, it’s not harmful to any women … it is not accurate information,” says Rai, adding that all Nepalese women, whether in the countryside of cities, have the right to be informed.
“We are not trying to make anyone scared or emotional. We are just sharing with them the truth,” says Rai of his work in villages like Shilaprabat.
Following the outreach, congregations at the three churches we visited say they witnessed at minimum a 50% increase in Christian conversions in the last two years, a skyrocketing number in a country where the Christian population remains firmly in the minority.
Nepalese Christians pray during a weekly church service in a small village of Tikhatal, in the Dolakha region of Nepal.

Barnabas Shrestha, Chairman of Nepal’s Christian Society said that according to the 2011 census only around 1.4% of the population was Christian in Nepal but he believes that information is incorrect.
He and his organization estimates the Christian community is around one and half million, which in a country of 26.49 million, puts their percentage around 5% of the population.
Bajracharya, from Marie Stopes Nepal, says those who convert tend to come from the lowest Dalit caste in the Hindu religion.
“The majority of Dalit communities in rural Nepal are converting to Christianity,” said Bajracharya. “Anti-abortion activists are active in those part of communities in Nepal.”
Nepalese Christians dance, sing and pray during a weekly church service in a small village of Tikhatal, in the Dolakha region of Nepal, 2017.

Though illegal since 2001, caste discrimination remains a problem in Nepal, especially in rural areas, where members of lower castes continue to struggle with instances of exclusion and on occasion, violence. For some, conversion to Christianity can be a means of escape.
The earthquake destroyed the church in Shilaprabat, and it was rebuilt near a Hindu stupa that still bears the signs of the disaster, with its steeple standing askew at a 30 degree angle.

Local outreach

On the morning of Rai’s lecture, the men and women coming in from the sweltering heat don’t seem to know what abortion is, or that it’s even the topic of the presentation.
They’ve just been asked to come by their local pastor. When asked about abortion, most don’t understand a lot about the procedure, and some have never heard of it.
He begins with a simple prayer about following the gospel of Jesus Christ.
He goes on to explain how a woman’s body works and shows slides that say life starts at conception. Then Rai pulls out those four models of fetuses at different stages in a pregnancy, although doctors may take issue with their anatomical accuracy — the model representing the development of a 12 week fetus has perfectly formed fingers and toes.
The parishioners smile and laugh as they hold the doll-like figures, sometimes taking a picture of them before passing them on.
After passing out the fetus models Rai gets to the crux of his lecture: why abortions are the same as killing a baby.
A lot of phrases he uses are common in anti-abortion rights literature the world over.
One slide talks about how abortion clinics are building a “booming business at the expense of lives that were snuffed out before they got the chance to breathe.” Another slide shows a pie chart, which explains abortion kills more lives than the combined deaths from the Holocaust, Stalin’s regime and Pol Pot’s reign in Cambodia.
Rai’s slides then become graphic with photos of aborted fetuses; pictures typically seen on posters at pro-life rallies.
A short film follows with a fetus speaking in a childlike voice, asking his mother why she would want to abort him. Many of the women in the room, who minutes before had been happily playing with their plastic models of fetuses, are now crying, and using their scarves to cover their eyes.
According to a 2010 study published in the BioMed Central article database on Pregnancy and Childbirth, Christian and Buddhist women tend to have fewer children on average than Hindus and Muslims in Nepal.
Additionally, Nepalese Christians are more likely to use modern methods of contraception like pills, injections or IUDs.
But for Rai’s followers, he wraps up his lecture with this message: these modern contraception methods can cause a woman to have a spontaneous abortion.
While that claim is medically unproven, those listening are led to believe that the only way to prevent an “unintended abortion” is to either use condoms (which he mentions also can fail) or the natural rhythm method of family planning.
He advocates for having the baby and if necessary, giving it up for adoption instead.
Nepalese Christians react to graphic pictures of aborted fetuses during a lecture by Soman Rai.

With the lines between information and misinformation blurred for a lot of Nepalese, many people rely on leaders of their community to guide them.
The church lecture Rai gave clearly impacted many in attendance. When asked if their views on abortion had changed, most likened it to murder — and considered using natural family planning instead of medical contraception.
Muna, age 16, who had attended the lecture said Rai’s views on contraception must be more accurate than what she had learned in school. When asked why she said “because he’s a Christian, so it must be the truth.”
But Rai’s talks are not just changing the minds of churchgoers, they are also hindering efforts made by aid organizations and the government.
Speaking to CNN last year, Nepal’s former Director for Family Health, Naresh Pratap Kc, admitted that it remains a “real challenge” to try and get information out to women in rural areas, especially about the free services available.
“We know that even at the remote places that people don’t know that abortion services are legal and free. Our main challenge is trying to tell these people that services are free at public facilities and that it’s legal,” said Pratap Kc.
Without a large government effort, says Pratap Kc, the potential for misinformation that endangers female health remains vast.

Five Things You Need to Know in Light of the Upcoming Supreme Court Abortion Case


by Sunsara Taylor

June 9, 2018 | Revolution Newspaper

A decision is expected soon from the U.S. Supreme Court on a challenge to a 2015 California law that requires anti-abortion fake clinics (so-called “Crisis Pregnancy Centers”) to disclose that they are not medically certified. The law also requires all licensed clinics that provide ultrasounds, pregnancy tests, and advice on birth control to post information about affordable abortion and contraception services offered by the state. The Supreme Court case, calledNIFLA vs. Becerra, is the result of a challenge from the National Institute of Family and Life Advocates, who claim that the government is violating their “right to free speech” by requiring them to promote medical services they do not approve of, namely abortion.

Here are five things you need to know about this case and the overall attack on abortion it is part of.

1. Fake Clinics Exist to Coerce Women and Girls to Bear Children Against Their Will

There are close to 4,000 fake clinics (so-called “Pregnancy Crisis Centers”) around the country. There are only 780 real abortion providers!

These fake clinics have been set up with only one purpose: to lure vulnerable women and girls for whom pregnancy is a “crisis” into what appears to be a supportive medical clinic, only to be plied with coercive anti-abortion shaming—and very frequently bald-faced LIES—aimed at pressuring them to bear children against their will. They do this even if the women come in looking for an abortion, even if they are in abusive relationships, even if they have no ability to support a child and don’t want one. These “clinics” are completely illegitimate, predatory, and ought to be shut down.

2. Being Prevented From Systematically LYING to Women to Deprive Them of a Basic and Fundamental Right Is NOT a Violation of “Free Speech”

Just as it is not a violation of the First Amendment for the government to regulate the labels on food products or what a lawyer must tell a client about their rights, it is not a violation for the government to regulate information provided by “Crisis Pregnancy Centers.” These regulations are not restrictions on speech, because they are required for the protection of the rights of the people being spoken to.

The right of women to decide for themselves when and whether to bear children is at the core of whether women are considered fully human. Without reproductive freedom, women cannot enter freely and fully into all realms of society.

3. This Lawsuit Is Just the Tip of a Theocratic Fascist Remaking of All of Society

This lawsuit is just the latest of a growing tsunami of Christian fascist assaults seeking—and succeeding in—twisting the law into an instrument of a Dark Ages theocracy. As revealed by Katherine Stewart in a recent New York Timesop-ed, there are now “more than 70 bills before state legislatures” as part of a nationwide legal blitz by extreme Christian nationalists. Meanwhile, Trump has appointed a record number of federal judges. One of Trump’s judicial nominees said trans children are part of “Satan’s plan.” A judge Trump appointed compared abortion to slavery. Many reject the science of climate change. One championed laws that were later overturned for suppressing the African American vote with “surgical precision.” This means that the federal courts that hear this tsunami of legal challenges will be even more hostile than what exists now to women, LGBTQ people, Black people, science, and to the separation of church and state.

4. There Is No Legislative Path to Stopping This Juggernaut—The Regime Must Be Driven From Power

The 2015 California law that requires fake clinics to disclose their lack of medical licenses is part of a relatively new strategy among the pro-choice movement to pass legislation aimed at protecting the rights of women.

But while these laws are just, the larger picture is clear: abortion continues to be increasingly more difficult to access, more dangerous to provide, and more stigmatized than ever. Clinics are being forced to close. Women are being forced to go to desperate measures to secure abortions—often traveling hundreds of miles, going deep into debt, enduring sexual degradation to come up with the funds, losing their jobs, and more. Many are simply being forced to have children against their will. Meanwhile, Christian fascists are using every branch of government to lock into place a Dark Ages theocracy that chokes off what few rights remain.

Only through massive and sustained political struggle that steps outside the bounds of politics-as-usual and reverses this whole direction can this assault be stopped. Right now, this means joining with RefuseFascism.org in getting prepared to launch the kind of sustained massive nonviolent movement of protests that can drive the whole fascist Trump/Pence regime from power.

5. We Do NOT Need to Live This Way—We Need to Get Organized for an Actual Revolution!

A system that puts the lives of half of humanity up for debate, a system that legislates and mandates Dark Ages ignorance and enslavement, a system that has brought forward the vile misogyny and disdain for humanity that is concentrated in the Trump/Pence regime, a system that sanctions all this with so-called “legitimacy” of its laws and its courts is a completely illegitimate system. It is also completely unnecessary. The very fact that these filthy fundamentalist predators have to peddle LIES and shame women and hound abortion providers and the rest reveals that oppression of women is something that must be enforced—and this system will keep on enforcing it until it is overthrown and cleared away and replaced by a radically new system.

A blueprint for this new, and much better, system is embodied in the Constitution for the New Socialist Republic in North America, authored by Bob Avakian, the architect of the new communism. This new economic system, the new social relations it will foster, and the whole new legal and political system that will guide it will be a revolutionary framework that not only guarantees women’s full reproductive freedom starting Day 1, but goes to work at digging up the roots of all forms of misogyny and patriarchy as a key part of emancipating all of humanity all over the world. This is what all those who hate what is being hammered down by these fascists need to join with and make real.

 

AIDWA Condemns AYUSH University VC’s Remark on Sex Selection


All India Democratic Women’s Association had demanded that a case should be registered against him and he should be removed by the government from his post.

Image for representational purpose only

CHANDIGARH: Vice-Chancellor of the AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy) University in Kurukshetra Dr Baldev Kumar Dhiman has triggered a controversy by claiming that Ayurveda can help in gender selection before conception. On this, All India Democratic Women’s Association had demanded that a case should be registered against him and he should be removed by the government from his post.

Speaking at a function to mark the birth anniversary of Narad Muni, Dhiman said that ayurvedic medicine could give desired results. “ The ancient scripture clearly mentions that it is possible to select gender before pregnancy. But, one has to follow the instructions for two months for desired results,” he claimed.

Dhiman said that traditional alternative technique includes medication, dietary and physical regulations and meditation at the pre-conception stage.

Reacting sharply on the comments made by Dhiman, AIDWA has condemned the statement made by Dhiman, claiming that ayurveda can help in the selection of gender before conception. Not only does this display a completely unscientific mindset, it violates the PNDT Act which makes sex selection illegal, whether before or after conception. According to the Act it is also illegal to advertise or promote any method leading to sex selection.

It is reported that Shri Dhiman while speaking at a function made the astounding claim that ayurvedic medicine provides alternate techniques that can give desired results in choosing the sex of the baby even before conception. This apparently includes dietary and physical regulations, and the observance of appropriate instructions as laid down in the ancient scriptures. There is no doubt that the VC himself upholds pre conception techniques to obtain the “desired” results, referring thereby to the conception of a son. The deeply embedded RSS ideology that idealizes the male over the female child is blatantly exposed.

The release said that the views of Dhiman cannot be overlooked at a time when the BJP government in Haryana is claiming to have reduced the sex imbalance in the state through the effective implementation of the PcPNDT Act. It called for strict action against Dhiman for his “anti woman mindset and his violation of the law” and said that he must be removed from office immediately.

Janwadi Mahila Samiti’s State Secretary General Savita, President Shakuntala Jakhar, Treasurer Rajkumari Dahiya and Vice President Jagmati Sangwan jointly said that at a time when the BJP Government in Haryana is claiming to have reduced sex imbalance in the state through their effective implementation of the PNDT Act, and other measures, these views expressed by an esteemed vice chancellor cannot be taken lightly.

 

AIDWA demands strict action against Dhiman for his anti woman mind-set and his violation of the law. He must be removed from office immediately and a case should be registered against VC for violation of the PNDT Act, otherwise the movement against it will be launched, they claimed.

Gender discrimination kills 239,000 girls in India each year, study finds


U.N: Perilous for some girls in India (2012) 03:48

(CNN)An estimated 239,000 girls under the age of five die in India each year due to neglectlinked to gender discrimination, a new study has found.

 

The figure, which amounts to 2.4 million deaths a decade, does not include pre-natal mortality rates.
“Gender-based discrimination towards girls doesn’t simply prevent them from being born, it may also precipitate the death of those who are born,” wrote the study’s co-researcher Christophe Guilmoto in the Lancet medical journal.
“Gender equity is not only about rights to education, employment or political representation. It is also about care, vaccination, and nutrition of girls, and ultimately survival,” added Guilmoto.
The report is the first to examine the number of avoidable deaths among girls under five in India at a district level, showing specific geographic patterns of avoidable female mortality across India’s 640 districts.
Avoidable or excess mortality is defined as the difference between observed and expected mortality rates.
To determine that figure for India, researchers used UN population data from 46 countries to calculate the difference between the expected morality rate for girls aged under five in areas of the world without gender discrimination and the reality inside India.
The researchers found that 29 out of 35 Indian states showed overall excess mortality in girls under five, and all Indian states and territories, apart from two, contained at least one district with excess mortality.
The average level of excess mortality in girls aged 0-4 in India between 2000-2005 was 18.5 per 1,000 live births, or close to a quarter of a million deaths a year.
“Around 22% of the overall mortality burden of females under five is therefore due to gender bias,” the study’s authors, the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) a scientific institute based in Austria,said in a statement released Monday.
IIASA researchers found that the problem was most pronounced in northern India, where the four largest states, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Rajasthan, and Madhya Pradesh, accounted for two thirds of the total excess deaths of infant girls under five.
The study showed that the areas worse affected were typically in rural regions, with low levels of education, high population densities and high birth rates.
The study’s co-author Nandita Saikia, from the IIASA, said that the findings reinforced the need to address directly the issue of gender discrimination in addition to “encouraging social and economic development for its benefits on Indian women.”
The report suggests many of the deaths are at least partly due to unwanted female child bearing in a society that has a preference for sons.
“The sustained fertility decline currently observed in north India is likely to lead to a reduction in postnatal discrimination. Unless son preference diminishes, lower fertility, however, might bring about a rise in gender-biased sex selection,” said Saikia.
A preference for boys and the availability of sex-selective operations, although illegal in India, means there’s a gender gap of as many as 63 million girls.
As a result, India has one of the most skewed sex ratios in the world. For every 107 males born in India, there are 100 females. According to the World Health Organization the natural sex ratio at birth is 105 males for every 100 females.

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