Open letter to Shahrukh and Gauri Khan #surrogacy #sexselection


Dated- June 18.2013

Dear Shahrukh and Gauri Khan

Media reports allege that you are having a third child through surrogacy and that you are aware it’s a baby boy. We cannot comment on the authenticity of the news reports.  But in response to these reports, the Indian Radiological and Imaging Association has demanded the Maharashtra State Health Department initiate an inquiry . The BMC officials had visited your house but were not given any information.

FASS is a network with over 50 member including Ngos, and individual activits, lawyers and teachers . Apart from improving the sex ratio, the main thrust of the FASS campaign is to strengthen the overall position of women in our State and to enable women to live with dignity, in a non-discriminatory environment.

We want to inform you that the PCPNDT Act prohibits the use of all technologies for the purpose of sex selection, which would also include the new chromosome separation techniques. There is a blanket ban under sections 3, 4 and 5 of the PCPNDT Act.

Although you have neither denied nor accepted this statement, we would like to remind you that early this year you issued a statement which said:

Being a public figure makes me open to any kind of questioning, adjectives good and bad and or sometimes makes me an object of controversy  as people  use my name and statements to attach any positive or negative sentiment to it. I accept all the above because this is the life I chose and will stand by it. full statement here

We as FASS members demand the truth and want you come out with a public statement regarding the issue. If it is denial, then there  is no issue, but if its true, then  you have completely violated the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PCPNDT) Act and like any other citizen of India you will be charged under the PCPNDT Act for violation of law and it will take it own legal recourse.

Kamayani Bali Mahabal and Jyoti Mhapsekar

On behalf of Forum Against Sex Selection (FASS)­­­

Fass Secretariat

c/o Stree Mukti Sanghatana

31, Shramik , Royal Crest, 1st Floor,
Lokamanya Tilak Vasahat Road No. 3,
Dadar (East), Mumbai – 400 014,
Maharashtra, India.
Tele-Fax: +91 22 24174381

Email: fassindia2011@gmail.com

 

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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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