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SC Asks If States Can Give Incentives for Girl Children, Says ‘Female Child Has Right to Live’

On a rise of female foeticide that affects the country’s sex ratio, the Supreme Court asked the States whether some incentives can be provided for girl children, on Wednesday.

The states are asked to give suggestions for “some incentives that can be given to the family who show respect and honour for the girl child and give birth to girl child so that the sex ratio is improved.”

As per reports, a bench of Justices Dipak Misra and U.U. Lalit said, “At this juncture, without expressing any opinion, we would require the states to give suggestions by a separate affidavit, if some incentives can be given to the family who show respect and honour for the girl child and give birth to girl child so that the sex ratio is improved.”

Meanwhile, the court emphasised on the need to protect a girl child and asked to wake up for the issue. It said, “We recapitulate the saying, ‘Awake, arise, Oh! Parth’.

Justice Dipak Misra said that the issue affects human race. He said, “A female child has as much right to live on the face of the earth as any other. Nobody is taking this up as an issue… This issue affects the human race.”

Meanwhile, being claimed as the issue takes place mainly in Uttar Pradesh, Delhi and Haryana by declining the sex ratio more than years, the additional secretary and two joint secretaries in health ministry and family welfare ministry are asked to look into the matter for examining the issue by SC.

In regard to the court order issued in September which asked to explain measures that had taken to curb female foeticide, many states have not yet filed affidavits. The states are asked to file the affidavits in two weeks, before next hearing that is scheduled on December 11. The court said, "It is unfortunate that nobody is taking it seriously. Some states have not the affidavit and this shows their lackadaisical attitude." It added, “In pursuance of our earlier order, affidavits by certain states have been filed and certain states, by adopting a lackadaisical attitude, have not filed the affidavits…. This attitude is not appreciated.”

As per reports, an NGO has filed a PIL stating the “whole of Haryana was in the red zone”. The PIL had alleged that sex determination continued with the help of medical clinics despite the setting up of the National Inspection and Monitoring Committee (NIMC) under the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PCPNDT) Act, 1994.

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