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For India's daughters, a dark birth day | csmonitor.com
As a specialist in fetal medicine, I can tell you that no pregnant woman would suffer if the ultrasound test were banned," says Puneet Bedi, a gynecologist at Apollo Hospitals in New Delhi.
"There is an urgent need to ...
"There is an urgent need to amend the law as in other Western countries abortion is allowed even a day before the delivery in special circumstances like when the couple knows that the child may be born with severe disability," said Puneet Bedi, consultant in foetal medicine at Apollo Hospital.
added that amendment of the law should be to the extent that it cannot be misused to abort the foetus on the basis of sex.
In India, abortion is illegal.
However, it is permitted under law only in special circumstances, including when the woman is raped, when the child suffers from severe disability and failure of contraceptive devices.
"There are special circumstances provided under law when a woman can go in for an abortion - like when a doctor says that having a child would prove a risk to the life of the woman, cause her
grave mental or physical injury or that the child may be born with severe disabilities," added Bedi
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According to Dr Puneet Bedi, fetal medicine specialist, Apollo Hospital, "Most doctors and technicians are powerful enough to scuttle all opposition."Bedi thinks lodging official complaints is pointless, because even if one is able to take a case to court, all one can then expect are dates, not judgment."Therefore, the law should not have to play a crucial role in checking the act; it should be us doctors."
However, on average, only four to five per cent of gynaecologists have stopped conducting such abortions after the Supreme Court judgment, or the hukumnama from the Akal Takht.One gynaecologist, who wishes to remain anonymous, commented, "Most women who come to me have already undergone three to four abortions.Doctors who were running ultrasound clinics some five to 10 years ago are now operating under the garb of infertility clinics and XY separation clinics."For each case of infertility, they charge anything from Rs one lakh to Rs four lakh.
"Abortions are carried out as late as the thirteenth or fourteenth week, when they get very risky for the women," explains Bedi
Thus, what we seem to have forgotten is that sex determination was not meant to be determination at all.Sonography was developed to help ascertain genetic irregularities in unborn children, or whether a mother's life was at risk.But the technology has been twisted by people to suit their own ill-conceived ends.Unfortunately, the status quo will remain unless people do away with their antiquated mindsets.We hope they're listening.
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Dr Puneet Bedi, a consultant in obstetrics and gynaecology at the Indrapastha Apollo hospital in New Delhi, told the BBC earlier this month that British women were favoured clients at abortion clinics across India because they would pay ten or 20 times more than local women for a termination. Dr Bedi
Five Live Breakfast: "I have often been approached by people who are willing to send someone to my practice.There are transfers from GPs in England to the gynaecologists in Delhi - that is a fact.It is an organised industry, an organised mafia among doctors." Dr Bedi
added that Indian families did not want girls because they were seen as second class citizens."Every time a girl is born, the whole family goes into mourning.Every time a woman is pregnant, there is a lot of pressure to produce a son," he
The consultant said that the average cost for an Indian woman to have an abortion was around £100, whereas British Asian women could pay several thousand pounds.
"I do not known of any doctor who does not have half a dozen colleagues or medical school friends in England already practising - sometimes in areas where there is a large Indian population," he
Dr. Puneet Bedi, an ...
Dr. Puneet Bedi, an obstetrician-gynaecologist in Delhi, India, said that historically, four per cent of baby girls would be killed by infanticide at most.
"But now in modern societies like India and China, 20, 25, 30 per cent of girls are being killed before birth," he said.