It’s a boy! was a scream heard after the ‘female foeticide’ in a nursing clinic. But it was too late, by then. The incident came to light when the mother registered a case against her husband and in-laws for the illegal abortion.
AMRITSAR 29 December 2008: The rampant practice of female foeticide has cost a couple
from a border Punjab district dearly. The foetus they illegally aborted
has turned out to be a male.
The mother of the unborn child, Lakhbir Kaur, has now registered a
case against her husband Gurcharan Singh and in-laws for her illegal
abortion at Punjab’s Patti towcn in Tarn Taran district.
“The couple was misled by a local nurse and they opted for abortion to avoid a second girl child,” a police officer said.
He said after the illegal abortion, the couple came to know that the
foetus was of a male child. However, the police have made no arrest yet.
Punjab has one of the lowest sex ratios in the country with about 800 females per 1,000 males.
Determination of sex of an unborn child is banned under the Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PNDT) Act across the country.