Monday, August 01, 2016

Why the PNDT Act has failed to curb female feticide

The PNDT Act was passed in 1996. It is now over 20 years old, and has failed miserably at improving the sex ratio or preventing female feticide.

The reason for this failure was expressed very well by Peter Drucker , and is very apt in today's world of political correctness, where laws are passed by people sitting in ivory towers, who are divorced from reality.: “…laws that result from a “scandal” are invariably bad laws. They punish ninety-nine innocents to foil one miscreant. They penalize good practice, yet rarely prevent malpractice. They express emotion rather than reason.”

If we do not address the underlying reason, the problem will continue to fester, and we will have wasted a lot of time and resources in barking up the wrong tree. It's high time we revisited the hypothesis that the decline in sex ratio is a result of the misuse of ultrasound scans.

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