On 6th May, 2012, the first episode of the much anticipated programme, Satyameva Jayate was aired in India. The episode took up the issue of female foeticide in India, examining the forces at work, possible ways to mitigate the problem, etc. More importantly, it brought the issue up as a matter of discussion amongst the broader public. This page intends to gather resources, articles, insights, details of Government programmes, statistics, etc that can continue to inform discussion and debate on this critical issue.
Laws and Regulations
The Issue in Government
- The PNDT Website - official website for the Pre-concetion and pre-natal dianostic techniques (Prohibition of Sex Selection) Act of 1994, by the Minister of Health and Family Welfare.
- Question 1825 answered on march 23rd, 2012 in the Lok Sabha. Related to statistics on reported cases on female foeticide, licenses suspended, etc.
- State Level Sex-Ratio Statistics - as found in annexure to answer to Question 1825 above.
Foreign Influence on Female Foeticide Issue
- Where have all the girls gone? (Foreign Policy, June 27, 2011) - How US Think Tanks and agencies encouraged sex-selective abortions in India and elsewhere.
Related Medical Science
- Amniocentesis (or Amniotic Fluid Test) is a procedure used to prenatally diagnose chromosomal abnormalities, etc. However, it is also widely used for sex-determination. Sex-determination using Amniocentesis (or ultrasonography) is banned in India.
The Problem Internationally
- Gendericide: The Worldwide war on baby girls (The Economist, March 2010)