Like-minded civil society organizations and experts across India working on the implementations PCPNDT act in various districts came together on 2nd May 7, 2019, for a national “Consultation on India's Vanishing Girls Revisiting Civil Society Response against Sex Selection.” The consultation was co-organized by ADF India, Vanishing Girls, SRKPS, and Girls count.
The participants discussed the implementation of PCPNDT so far. They assessed the effectiveness of “Beti Bachao Beti Padhao” scheme and other private initiatives to improve the Sex Ratio at Birth (SRB) and the related issue of sex-selective abortion, in India.
Are the current actions sufficient?
The speakers included Dr. Satish Agnihotri, IIT Bombay, Adv. Varsha Deshpande, Lekh Ladki Abiyan, Mrs. Dhanashree Brahme from UNFPA, Dr. Neelam Singh, CSB & NIMC member, Dr. Sabu George, petitioner under the PTPNDC act. In the pre-lunch session they share their views on whether the current actions will lead to actual changes in the SRB numbers for the girl-child in India in 2021? They urged the participants to:
Future course of action for PCPNDT act
In the post lunch session future course – of – action was discussed. After hearing the participants from different states, the participants agreed upon;
Anushree Bernard, Campaign Coordinator of Vanishing Girls – an initiative of ADF India stressing for the urgent need of strict implementation of PCPNDT, shared her view on the consolation: “Our country has lost millions of women and girls due to the practice of sex selective abortions in the past decades. Every girl has the right to be born and denying her of this right is the worst form of discrimination against women and girls. It is very encouraging to see that like-minded civil society organizations have come together to join hands to stop the killing of girls inside their mothers wombs by advocating and working towards the effective implementation of the PCPNDT Act."