The government of Hyderabad effectively cracked down on diagnostic centres which seems to have achieved the desired effect:
â€œWhile in 72 per cent of cases, the addresses of the pregnant women were either not mentioned or not complete, in 91 per cent cases the details of the father of the child were not mentioned. Ultrasonography was conducted at random in 67 per cent cases without proper referrals. Alarming discrepancies were detected,â€ he said.
The government cancelled the registrations of 102 diagnostic centres and slapped a fine of Rs 10,000 as per the provisions of the law. â€œWe made sure that killing a girl child was impossible in the city and its impact was evident in 2005 when more girls were born than boys,â€ he told HT.
Now Renuka Chowdhury is calling for all states to follow the Hyderabad model.