Maha govt to install silent observers in sonography machines
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Last Updated: Tuesday, July 13, 2010, 21:43
Mumbai: Concerned over high female infanticide rate in Maharashtra, the state government today said it will install "silent observers" in sonography machines to discourage sex determination tests.

"We would install silent observers in every sonography machine across the state on the Kolhapur pattern to prevent sex determination tests," state Public Health Minister Suresh Shetty informed the Legislative Council.

A Collector from Kolhapur had installed "silent observers" in every sonography machine to keep a check on the number of sonographies performed and illegal abortions were detected, he said.

Congress MLC Jayprakash Chhajed had raised the issue of increasing cases of female infanticide and asked whether the government was taking any measure to curb it.

Minister of State for Health Fauzia Khan assured the House that squads would be deployed for surprise visits to the sonography centres. The squad would visit the centres four times a month and collect data from the "silent observers", she said.

Maharashtra has 7,373 registered sonography centres and the state government has taken action against 125 such centres fining them Rs 15,000 each.

In the sex determination cases, one convicted is imprisoned in Mumbai, while 15 more have been convicted in Pune, Khan said.


First Published: Tuesday, July 13, 2010, 21:43

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