Jharkhand not learning from Maharshtra- to use ‘silent observer’ (SIOB)

It plans to install satellite observation system at all the ultrasound clinics and link them with the district administration office

Submitted on 05/30/2012 – 09:27:21 AM

Ranchi: The Jharkhand government would soon install ultra sound tracking technology device called ‘silent observer’ (SIOB) at ultrasound clinics across the state to check sex selection .

As a pilot project the new technology will be introduced in five districts — Ranchi, Dhanbad, Bokaro, Jamshedpur and Hazaribagh — of the state.

The new technology to be used in will facilitate linking of all private ultra sonographic laboratories with a high capacity computer device at the deputy commissioners’ (DC) offices.

The main server of the ‘silent observer’ will be at the collectorate. Also, the devices would remain connected to each other. It’s a small device, which would be attached to sonography machines.

It captures the sonography image. It records personal data of the patient including the images. The server at collectorate would enable the officials to monitor all the sonography tests being conducted in the city.

The district administration will make use of the data collected at the server to verify that whether a particular pregnant woman, who underwent sonography on such a date, delivered a baby or not or she has aborted the child.

“The records will also form basis for taking suitable legal action against the violators of the Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PNDT) Act,” an official said.


FASS  has maintained the position that technology cannot root out social problems and  after wasting so much money on the software, government better use it for implementation of PCPNDT ACT  

FASS protests Maharashtra govt’s plans to slap murder charges for sex selection

We, the undersigned women’s organizations, strongly protest the statement made by the Health Minister, Mr Suresh Shetty who wants to recommend to the Central Government the application of section 302 (murder charges) against woman, husband, relatives and the doctors for cases of “sex selection”.

According to the PCPNDT Act, sex selection (the correct legal term) itself is a crime and the doctors involved should be punished as per the provisions under the act. The pregnant woman on whom sex selection is performed or undertaken is not an offender according to the act. This should be upheld in Maharashtra.

We have always demanded the continuous and strict monitoring of sonography centers, hospitals and nursing homes and strict action against all unlicensed centers. Instead of concentrating on this issue and doctors who misuse medical technology, the discussion in the assembly focused on abortions. According to the MTP Act, abortions are a women’s right. We fear that applying section 302 (IPC) would curtail women’s access to safe abortion services.

We demand that the law deals strictly with those who perform the crime of sex selection. The political protection to erring doctors is a serious problem in Maharashtra and the government should take steps to put an end to political interference in implementation of PCPNDT Act.

Committed Communities Development Trust Population First
Population first
Stree Mukti Sanghthana

Savitribai Phule Gender Resource Centre
Forum Against Sex Selection

Not a single ultrasound centre in Shirur taluka, Beed, Maharashtra

, TNN | Jun 8, 2012, 06.06AM IST


The  Shirur taluka in Beed, which has been at the bottom of the sex ratio chart in the state for years, does not have a single USG centre.

In Shirur, for every 1,000 boys born, there are 768 girls. The trend, says Beed collector Sadanand Koche, has been consistent for years. “The reasons behind Shirur faring the worst in child sex ratio are many and complicated,” he said.

Merely 40 km from Beed town, Shirur has 60 villages, mainly populated by nomadic tribes. But while Beed has over 100 hospitals with 75 gynaecologists practicing there, Shirur has only two MBBS doctors and almost all the smaller medical centres are run by ayurveda and homoeopathy degree-holders. Yet, the two places have one thing in common: the words, ‘abortion’ and ‘sex determination’, are taboo.

Though the Shirur authorities refuse to acknowledge that the number of girl child born there is abysmal, official figures bare it all. The primary health centre carries out up to 30 deliveries a month; in May, out of the 28 babies born, 15 were boys. The figure is worse for April, when out of 24 babies born, six were girls.

A look at the records of Shirur’s biggest school, Kalikadevi Medium and High School, shows that out of 739 students in Classes V to X, only 304 are girls. The sex ratio becomes even more skewed in college.

A right balance has to be struck between a woman’s right to privacy and the need to curb misuse of sonography tests — Prithviraj Chavan | CHIEF MINISTER

According to statistical assistant with the Integrated Child Development Scheme Shubhangi Rayate, many mothers themselves are not keen on daughters. “But it is difficult to maintain records of all the parents and babies as couples here migrate to other parts for six months for sugarcane cutting,” she said. “We can’t keep a tab on them outside the taluka and don’t know if they get a sex-determination done there.” Every year, about 5 lakh people from Beed migrate outside to work.

Koche added with many in the sugarcane industry offering jobs to boys with a wife only, villagers want sons. “Contractor picks up couples as single units. Parents prefer boys as they get ‘extra workforce’ in the form of a daughterin-law,” he said. A couple gets paid up to Rs 2 lakh.

Dowry is another major reason behind Shirur residents preferring a boy to a girl. Here, even a poor sugarcane cutter has to pay Rs 2-5 lakh as dowry. Dr Sudhakar Khedkar, who has been in Shirur for 12 years, said owing to this reason, people from all strata—the poorest to the richest—tended to abort fem-ale foetuses once they found out the child’s sex from private USG centres outside Shirur. But schemes like Ajit Balika Yojana, were bringing hope, he said. Under it, after a girl is born, an FD of Rs 5,000 is deposited in her bank account and the amount can be withdrawn only after 18 years.

Show-cause notices sent to 6 chemists, wholesaler in Beed

, TNN | Jun 6, 2012, 05.46AM IST


PUNE: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officials on Tuesday took action against six medical stores and a drug wholesaler in Beed for not maintaining sale records of abortion pills and injectibles. Most of the erring medical stores were either located within a maternity hospital or were catering to nearby hospitals, officials said. Show-cause notices were issued to the six medical stores and an FIR was lodged against the wholesaler for hiding sale details of second trimester abortion-inducing drug vecredil.

“Since June 3, we have conducted surprise raids at 23 medical stores in Beed and adjoining talukas, including Parli. During inspection, we took stock of abortion medicines and injectibles sold, and assessed the sale recorded of these drugs. Upon scrutiny, we found six medical stores at fault for not maintaining proper sale records of these drugs. Besides, a wholesaler was also found hiding sale details of abortion drug vecredil,” S S Mohite, assistant commissioner (drugs), Thane, told TOI on Tuesday. Mohite is in-charge of the inspection drive in Beed.

The sale records of abortion drugs in all its forms and types were inspected during the drive. “Records of abortion drugs like misoprostol, MTP (medical termination of pregnancy) pill, stytolog and vecredil, among others, were checked during the inspection drive,” Mohite said

Misoprostol is a combination of two types of abortion-inducing drugs – mifeproston and misoprostol. “It is used as first- and second-trimester abortion-inducing drugs. Sytolog is another combination of mifeproston and misoprostol. Vecredil is a second-trimester abortion-inducing drug. All these drugs are marketed by companies under different brand names,” said senior gynaecologist Charuchandra Joshi, former president of Obstetrics and Gynaecological Society, Pune branch.

“Most of the medical stores that were found to be at fault were located within the premises of private hospitals having maternity wards. We issued them show-cause notices under Rule 65 of Drugs and Cosmetics Act 1940,” Mohite said.

Of the six medical stores that were issued show-cause notices, two were from Parli. “Of the two medical stores in Parli, one was located within the premises of a maternity hospital and one was catering to hospitals nearby,” he added.

Besides Beed and Parli, officials also raided medical stores in talukas in Beed district like Madalgaon, Kej, Ghevrai and Shirur. As many as 12 drugs inspector conducted the checks, Mohite said.

Punjab’s Bijlipur best village for girls

, TNN | Apr 23, 2012,

BIJLIPUR (PUNJAB): For some time now, the village of Bijlipur has been attracting a slew of local news TV crews and even reporters from Canadian radio stations. The village has something that most of Punjab can’t boast of: a sex ratio in favour of women.

The state of Punjab, along with Haryana, is among the country’s worst performers when it comes to sex ratio. Census 2011 figures record 893 females per 1000 males for Punjab. Between 2002 and 2008, the local administration of Bijlipur reported a sex ratio of 1,800 females to 1,000 males.

While the exactness of the figure may be contested, other indicators such as birth and death figures from the local aanganwadi confirm that girls enjoy a healthy sex ratio in the village compared to the rest of the state.

From 2005 to 2010, the village saw the birth of 22 girls against 13 boys. The year 2011 was the only year since 2002 that saw the birth of more boys (five) than girls (two).

In 2006-07, no boys were born while Bijlipur added seven baby girls to its tally. Meanwhile, Ludhiana, an hour’s drive away from this village, recorded a child sex ratio of 869 girls per 1,000 boys in 2011.

Sociologist Dr H S Bhatti of Punjab University, Patiala, surveyed the village with a team of students in 2009. The survey results showed, among other things, that girls made up more than 50% of the student body in schools. The trend of having a string of girls until the birth of a baby boy, prevalent even in Indian cities, seems absent here.

In Bijlipur, it is common for families to have just two daughters. Jaspal Singh, 57, has four daughters. While two of them work in the city and live away from home, the other two are still in college.

He often includes a message about the girl child when reading outside Bijlipur. “I normally ask the hosts if they are okay with me putting in a bit about this issue. I have never been refused,” says Singh. Surinder Kaur, 28, who runs the village aanganwadi, points to the factors that she feels have led to such encouraging figures. “People are better educated here, most have college degrees. There is a strict ban on tobacco and drugs. More importantly, killing girls is considered a sin,” she says. Charanjeet Singh, the 55-year-old headman of the village remembers how when he was a child the village stood out in its treatment of women. “Educating women in the family was not common in neighbouring villages when I was young. But our village has been doing that ever since I can remember. All five of my sisters studied up to college and have retired from their jobs now,” he says.

Jagjot Pal Kaur, a hotel management professional who travels to Ludhiana for work, says that lack of facilities has done little to deter women to go out and get what they want. However, it is not all about giving cushioned comforts to the females. It’s a two-way street. “While they were in college, our older daughters would come back from their exams and help us in the fields too,” says Singh.

That the current state of affairs is limited by geography is only too clear to Bijlipur girls.

Feminist Kolaveri on Declining Sex Ratio

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Sarpanch puts an end to sex selection in a Rajasthan GP

P J Joychen in Jaipur,

Most politicians prefer to get elected from reserved constituencies/ wards as they are considered safe.
But this Dalit woman is different. She not
only contested from an unreserved ward, but  also emerged victorious.
Now, it does not surprise many  as to how she managed to win the seat. 

On becoming a sarpanch, she took up issues that have been long kept on the back burner in Rajasthan. She has become a role model for others by bringing the gender issues to the mainstream. She has addressed the crucial issue of sex selection, infant and maternal mortality and reproductive and child health by focusing on gender fostering.
Tara Devi is a household name in the region. Her leadership traits and dedication to her panchayat have impressed not only the local people but also the resear­chers and academics visiting the area for developmental studies.

At a recent workshop on “Strengthening Gender Response of Panchayats in Rajasthan: Successes and Challenges” in Jaipur, Tara Devi shared her experiences. Society for Participatory Research in Asia (PRIA) State Coordinator Krishan Tyagi says that he approached the gram pancha­yat and the Village Health and Sanitation Committee (VHSC)
to improve the situation and organised orientation and capacity building meetings for the panchayat members.

Tara Devi’s long-drawn-out struggle and success in achieving women’s empowerment to a considerable degree
are an inspiring saga for the marginalised Dalit communities. Her story proves that the Dalit women
panchayat functionaries can perform better than their male counterparts if given proper direction,
training and guidance.

Samerdha Nosera is among the 20 GPs in the district included by the Sangam Matri Mission Sansthan (SMMS) in a project for “Strengthening Gender Resp­onse of Panchayats in Rajasthan” (SGRPR). PRIA has initiated the ambitious project. The gender-specific data collected under the SGRPR shows that the major reasons for drop in child sex ratio are inadequate health facilities and negligence towards the female newborn. A survey in Samerdha Nosera revealed a ratio of 57:35 between the home deliveries and institutional deliveries, indicating that women do not find the latter attractive.

The village is situated in a remote area and does not have easy connectivity with the urban surroundings.
Lack of basic amenities like water, electricity and nutritious
food earlier made the conditions worse in the region.

During the orientation meetings, Tara Devi shot into the limelight as a result of her sincerity for bringing about a positive change in her village during the 10 years when she was elected as Sarpanch twice. By participating in the SGRPR, she has got the crucial handholding
support for her work.

Dalit woman Sarpanch has successfully utilised her knowledge by promoting and fostering gram sabha on gender issues. She has also received support from the women community-based organisations of the area and is mobilising the villagers with the support of these groups to participate in the gram sabha meetings.

Tara Devi’s sustained and consistent efforts made an impact on the local community and facilitated the process to incl­ude gender issues on the planning agenda. She also started regular inspections of the local health sub-centre which was earlier devoid of proper infrastructure, furniture, equipment, medicine, etc and constructed the new building by
involving VHSC members.

In yet another significant step, Tara Devi improved the condition of the anganwadi centre and made arrangements for water and power with the help of the SMMS. She visits the centre regularly and checks the quality of food served to children. The sarpanch has also taken steps to enhance the standard of girls’ education in the village and improve the arrangements for drinking water.

Depicting her concern over immunisation and health check-ups of pregnant women, Tara Devi makes arrangements for delivery and has organised several blood donation camps. She is accessible to the women in need and is available for any kind help. Recently, she saved an anaemic woman referred to the hospital by the sub-centre in a critical condition by arra­nging blood for her. She has invested Rs 47.15 lakhs in the Indira Awas Yojana and Rs 3.85 crore for construction works in the village and strengthened the gram sabha by ensuring people’s participation in the decision-making process.

Tyagi says that the sarpanch has ensu­red coordination among gram panchayat, gram sabha and the upper tier
of pancha­yat samiti.

As a result of Tara Devi’s sustained efforts, the child sex ratio has significantly improved in Samerdha Nosera with a recent survey revealing the figures of 1,014 females against 982 males. The instances of maternal and
infant mortality have come to an end and there is no case of girl child dropout from schools. Two new auxiliary nurse midwives appointed in the village now regularly visit the area. There is need to trust the abilities
of women belon­ging to marginalised communities and give them a little bit of support and opportunity.
With this appro­ach, a number of Tara Devi’s hidden behi­nd veils may appe­ar in the mainstream development
discourse and make a big difference, says Tyagi.

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