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Doctor jailed for determining sex of baby

Ordinarily, that headline would spark some sense of outrage. But when you think about the circumstances, not so much.

A two-year prison sentence was handed down against an Indian doctor and his assistant because in 2001 they broke the Pre-natal Diagnostic Techniques Act, which makes determining the sex of an unborn baby illegal, and then arranged for the fetus’s abortion.

Why is this law necessary? Because each year “thousands of female foetuses are aborted” simply because of their sex.

Social activists and health officials in Haryana and across India have been alarmed by the emergence of a heavily skewed sex ratio in several parts of India as couples use new technology to achieve a traditional preference for sons.

Sabhani was filmed as he met a “decoy” patient, identified the sex of the foetus and said “it would be taken care of”, local newspapers reported.

First Indian doctor jailed under sex-test law | AlertNet.org

India sex selection doctor jailed | BBC News

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Written by Jeff

Wednesday, March 29, 2006 at 2:11 am

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  1. Wow, pre-emptive female infanticide….

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    Wednesday, March 29, 2006 at 4:36 am


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