178 yrs ago, British fined a Rajkot ruler 12,000 for female infanticide

Saeed Khan | TNN

Ahmedabad: Those who refuse to learn from history have to pay for it. Gujarat today reels under a skewed ratio of 886 girls per 1,000 boys. But things could have been different.
Gujarat and female infanticides go back a long way. In fact, it was 178 years ago — on November 6, 1833 — that the first penalty for female infanticide was awarded in the state when the British fined Rajkot’s ruler, Suraji Jadeja, Rs 12,000 and kept the entire Rajkot taluka attached till he paid up.
Today, cases are pending against 208 doctors for carrying out sex determination tests .
According an account ‘Suppression Of Female Infanticide in the Province Of Kattywar’ by Alexander Walker and JP Willoughby, an inquiry into the Rajkot incident was conducted by political agent captain Lang and reported to Walker, Baroda’s resident. Lang’s report said Suraji’s employees were involved in this incident. Suraji initially denied the charge, saying that the birth was premature.
However, attendants revealed before the inquiry how respiration was made impossible for the newborn by not removing placenta. Lang prescribed exemplary punishment for Suraji so that the evil practice could be curbed.
The British also made Suraji fire the staff that was involved in this incident. Suraji was warned that if another incident of female infanticide happened, it would cost him his estate.



Sunita Williams to Adopt Gujarati Girl

Bangalore: Sunita Williams was shocked to come across incidents of sex selection  in Gujarat, when she made a visit to the state few years ago. “Why should you allow the society to limit you by the virtue of your sex? Limitations are only in your mind,” she had told a group of girls in the town of Kadi. Sunita will be visiting Gujarat once again after completing her space expedition as she has decided to adopt a girl from Ahmedabad. Her sister, Dina is going through the required formalities to adopt a girl child from an organization based in Ahmedabad.

“Like her sister, Sunita too has expressed her wish to adopt a child, preferably a girl. We will start the spadework soon. She will start formalities after she returns from the expedition,” says Dinesh Rawal, her cousin.

Deepak Pandya, Sunita’s father who hails from north Gujarat told Times of India that he and Sunita discusses about the shocking incidents of female foeticide quite often. “It is up to Sunita and her husband to take a final decision. But, she has often expressed her desire to adopt a girl from Gujarat,”

Williams is currently making final preparations for a July 14 launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, according to a NASA announcement.

Surrogacy Capital Ahemdabad claims-Test-tube babies beat child sex ratio

Bharat Yagnik & Radha Sharma, TNN Jun 13, 2012,

AHMEDABAD: Girls are beating the boys, at least in in-vitro fertilization (IVF) centres of the city. Gujarat may have ranked low on the sex ratio scale in the 2011 census, but the trend is quite the reve rse for test-tube babies. The 12 IVF centres in the city have shown a heartening trend – a total of 291 girls were born against 241 boys in the last one year.

District health officer of Ahmedabad, Dr Neelam Patel, who collated this data, said, “The data shows that the birth ratio is 54:46 in favour of girls. We had conducted this survey to ascertain the sex ratio in these clinics. The trend we got from IVF clinics is a pleasant surprise and quite encouraging.”

Dr Falguni Bavishi, who runs an IVF centre in Paldi, said: “Our clinic delivered 55.6% girls and 44.4% are boys. There is no method to choose between a boy or a girl, it depends on pure chance.” Dr Manish Banker, who runs an IVF clinic at Navrangpura, said: “From January this year, we have carried out 56 IVF deliveries, which include several cases of twins. Of these, 46 are girls and 31 boys.”

 The trend seems to be same elsewhere in Gujarat. Dr Naina Patel, who runs an IVF clinic and surrogacy centre in Anand, often dubbed as the surrogacy capital of India, said: “In 2011, we got 120 girls and as many boys. Close to 40% of these were IVF deliveries.

We do get patients from north India who make specific request for boys but we have no role to play in this matter. Couples from other regions do not have any reservations.”

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