Just in: Sex determination test might be mandatory in India soon

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Union Minister for Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi has said that sex determination tests should be made compulsory in order to keep a control on female foeticide.

In what can be called the most talked-about news of the day, Union Minister for Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi has said that sex determination tests should be made compulsory in order to keep a control on female foeticide.

"A proposal is under discussion in the Cabinet to evolve a system that can easily track attempts at female foeticide (by parents) instead of punishing the fraternity involved in the medical processes.Those registering the sex of the foetus will have to produce a medical certificate or cite the reason for termination of pregnancy," Maneka said at a conference in Jaipur, reports the Times of India. "

"This will ensure institutional deliveries and virtually abolish the practice of home deliveries in certain areas of the country. Home deliveries pose a threat to a newborn as there might be an attempt on its life," she added in the same report.

While this might be a great idea at the conception stage, executing it in a country like India, where the government has a tough time keeping a track of the number of births and deaths in the country due to the large population, would be a mammoth task.

Besides, just like there have been cases of influential people getting pregnancies terminated illegally, some people might misuse it for their own benefits. Let's see if the government has a solid strategy in place, in case the sex determination tests are legalised.

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