ASIA NEWS REPORT: by Nirmala Carvalho
husband and his family were "dissatisfied". The woman, 36, has denounced them
and the doctors. A network of clandestine clinics uncovered, the government has
already withdrawn the licenses of two gynecologists. Member of the Pontifical
Academy for Life: "The female sex-selective abortions are altering the Indian
Mumbai (AsiaNews) - Forced to abort six times, because "incapable" of giving
her husband a male heir: it happened in the district of Ahmedabad (Gujarat) to
Amisha Bhatt, 36. The woman reported all her captors: her partner and his family
for harassment, the doctors and other clandestine clinics in which she suffered
first the test to find out the sex of the fetus, and then the six abortions.
"With my gesture - Amisha said - I hope I have helped many other women who are
in the same condition." Meanwhile, thanks to her complaint, the State of Gujarat
has launched detailed investigations and already withdrawn the licenses to two
Since 1994, with the approval of the Pre-Natal Diagnostic
Technologies (Pndt) Act in India it is illegal to use special tests - such as
amniocentesis or ultrasound - to determine the sex of the fetus. By law, doctors
are required to submit a list of patients who, for reasons of health, have
conducted these tests. However, the Pndt was not enough to curb the spread of
selective female abortions, and over the years clandestine clinics have spread.
After having made a complaint, Amisha Batt has discovered that her name was not
listed in any of the lists of gynecologists who carried out the six abortions on
Pascoal Carvalho, a physician and member of the Pontifical Academy
for Life, told AsiaNews that "selective female abortions, feticide and
violence against women and girls" are the only thing in India "beyond the
barriers of caste and class." This, he adds, "reveals the brutal instances of
widespread prejudice against girls."
These practices have become a
plague, tied the archaic cultural preference for male children. But this
situation, says Carvalho, a member of the Commission for human life of the
Archdiocese of Mumbai, "is altering the composition of the population. According
to the latest government census (2011), an average of 914 girls born for every
1,000 males." This is alarming, because in the very years in which the
government has taken various measures and awareness campaigns on the theme, the
gap between males and females has widened even more. In 2001, in fact, the sex
ratio was 927 females per 1,000 males.
According to the doctor to change
this situation and reverse the trend we need to first change people's mentality.
"Mother Teresa said: If we accept that a mother kills her child, how can we tell
others not to do it?".