In order to curb female feticide, President Pratibha Patil has
appealed to the medical fraternity to ensure that diagnostic tests are not
misused for pre-natal sex determination.
While inaugurating the 64th
National Conference of the
Indian Radiologist and Imaging Association the President said, "We have laws
and legal provisions that specially prohibit medical practitioners from
disclosing the gender of the fetus. It is not only illegal, but it is socially
immoral and detrimental to society. It is very important that all medical
facilities, doctors and radiologists adhere to this so as to prevent female feticide."
She referred to female feticide as a 'disgrace' to the society. She
said, "A skewed population composition, due to a bias against the girl child,
can have many adverse social consequences. We have a social responsibility to
bring about an end to prejudices and discrimination against the girl child. We
must encourage all such steps that will contribute to the welfare of the girl
child - proper nutrition, education, opportunity to work and to be financially
independent. A girl child is an asset to the nation."