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.