To curb rampant sex-determination tests and prevent a fall in the gender ratio, the Uttarakhand government directed district magistrates to ensure regular inspection of 522 private and 79 government-run ultrasound centres. The government also told the officials to position in all ultra sound machines ‘active trackers’ that would send SMS alert messages to district magistrates and chief medical officers in case sex-determination tests were conducted.
Chief Secretary Alok Kumar Jain said that district magistrates would be responsible to check sex-determination. He said as per the 2011 census, the sex ratio of children aged less than six years was 1,000 boys to 886 girls as against 1,000 to 967 in 2001. Jain also directed officers to initiate an abortion audit system like the maternal death audit system.
Aamir Khan’s Satyamev Jayate had thrown the focus on female foeticide and had quite an impact. Various state government had taken various steps to fight this menace. The Haryana government has announced that pregnant women will have to submit a photocopy of their identification proof at ultrasound centres as a pre-condition for undergoing the test and there are plans to embed observer chips in ultrasound machines. Aamir Khan also met Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot to discuss the female foeticide situation in the state and convinced him that infanticide cases should be fast-tracked in special court. In MP, 65 MTP (medical termination of pregnancy) licences were suspended because they hadn’t submitted the necessary documents. Recently the child sex abuse bill was also passed in Parliament to protect under 18s from sexual predators.