The shameful drop in girl child ratio (to 880 per 1,000 males) has propelled the government to initiate new measures to tackle this social menace in the state. In a revolutionary move, the state government plans to involve more than 4,000 anganwadi workers across Maharashtra to play the role of whistleblowers against families and doctors misusing sonography machines to identify and abort female foetuses.
The misuse of sonography machines in the backward regions of Nandurbar, Chandrapur, Akola, Gondia and Buldhana, posed a new challenge to the state administration. In order to meet this challenge, Minister of women and child welfare, Varsha Gaikwad, proposed the movement to engage anganwadi workers as monitoring agents. “An unassuming, low-profile anganwadi worker is the best bet. Through their close conventional networking, they can elicit all the details about developments in the family. They can not only monitor but also alert the administration about the misuse of the sonography," says Gaikwad.
In the past, former health minister Vimal Mundada took concrete steps to check rampant misuse of sonography machines. However, medical practitioners often took advantage of loopholes in the legal system to manipulate it to their advantage.
Not one to give up the fight against the skewed sex ratio, Gaikwad has travelled more than 2,000 km criss-crossing parts of Marathwada, Vidarbha, western Maharashtra and Thane regions. She laments, “It is a phenomenon that has broken economic and social barriers.
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