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Beed: Govt promises action on female feoticide cases

Jun 09, 2012 11:52 AM IST India India

Mumbai: The Maharashtra state government has promised to act against rampant female foeticide in Beed district that was reported by CNN-IBN earlier. The state government will meet Maharashtra Medical Council (MCI), Indian Medical Association (IMA) and radiologists to find a way to curb foeticide. They will all be looking at a proposal to shut down all stand-alone sonography centres and ban some abortion drugs.

The decision comes after CNN-IBN reported from Beed on the recovery of several foetusus and the death of a pregnant woman. Among the most backward districts, Beed is notorious for sex determination tests.

Maharashtra Health Minister Suresh Shetty who said that while the government is doing all it can to stop the malpractice, even the MCI needs to take responsibility. "Medical Council needs to take more responsibility. Medical council needs to be more proactive in cancelling licenses' and detecting medical practitioners indulging in such acts."

Female foetus, three to six-months-old, were seen scattered in a drain in Beed.

A sting operation carried out last year, too, had exposed the modus operandi of the illegal abortions done in Beed clinics.

Actor and TV host Aamir Khan, also a champion of the cause spoke to CNN-IBN about the horror. Welcoming the state government's decision, Aamir said, "I think, everything that the administration can do in this regard will contribute to the cause. And I think strong implementation of the PCPNDT act, which is already there, so, strong implementation of the law and a sharp check on what is happening, is in fact, required."