The Fact News Service
Chandigarh, February 11
The Haryana government has decided to reward individuals who provide accurate information to prevent female foeticide with up to Rs. 1 lakh from the Health Department.
The identity of the informants will be kept confidential by the department. In this manner, the government and administration are taking appropriate and effective steps towards preventing female foeticide.
The government spokesperson, providing information in this regard, stated that under the PC- PNDT Act of 1994, registered centre operators and doctors involved in pre-conception sex selection and pre-natal sex determination for the first time, he/she would be punished with imprisonment of 3 years and a fine of Rs 10,000.
Subsequently, for repeat offenses, there is a provision of 5 years imprisonment and a fine of Rs. 50,000. Under this Act, for the husband/family member or person who instigates gender selection, the punishment for the first offense is imprisonment of up to 3 years with a fine of up to Rs. 50,000 and for subsequent offenses, imprisonment of up to 5 years with a fine of up to Rs. 1 lakh.
The spokesperson said that due to the positive and awareness efforts of the government, there has been an unprecedented change in the thinking of gender discrimination among the people of Haryana.
Now, there is a significantly reduced disparity between sons and daughters, and the significant results are being witnessed. Currently, the girls of the state have opened the doors of success in every field, not only bringing pride to their parents but also raising the name of the state. Despite this, there is a need for awareness campaigns to increase gender equality in society.
Collective efforts are needed to increase gender equality
The spokesperson stated that in order to increase gender equality and address declining sex ratios in districts, all citizens must come together and make efforts to bring the issue to the forefront.
Daughters are a precious gift of nature and they have every right to come into this world. Merely celebrating Girls’ Day and Women’s Day will not end female foeticide.
For this, we all need to make collective efforts. The day we start considering our daughters equal to sons, that day female foeticide will be completely eradicated.