‘Female foeticide has its roots in social thinking’

Jammu & Kashmir State Judicial Academy organised a daylong special training programme on “J&K Pre-Conception & Pre-Natal Sex Selection/Determination (Prohibition & Regulation) Act, 2002” in the State Judicial Academy here.
‘Female foeticide has its roots in social thinking’
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Jammu & Kashmir State Judicial Academy organised a daylong special training programme on "J&K Pre-Conception & Pre-Natal Sex Selection/Determination (Prohibition & Regulation) Act, 2002" in the State Judicial Academy here.

The programme was inaugurated by justice Muhammad Yaqoob Mir, judge High Court of J&K, along with justice Alok Aradhe, chairman, J&K State Judicial Academy and Justice Janak Raj Kotwal, Member.  All the chief judicial magistrates and sub-judges of Jammu province participated in the programme, a statement here said.

Abdul Rashid Malik, Director, J&K State Judicial Academy conducted the proceedings.

Justice Aradhe in his address said that female foeticide has its roots in the social thinking "which is fundamentally based on certain erroneous notions, egocentric traditions, perverted perception of societal norms and obsession with ideas which are totally individualistic.

"Those involved in female foeticide deliberately forget to realize that when the foetus of a girl child is destroyed, a woman of the future is crucified. To put it differently, the present generation invites the sufferings on its own and also sows the seeds of suffering for the future generation, as in the ultimate eventuate, the sex ratio gets affected and leads to manifold social problems." 

Justice Mir, judge J&K High Court in his inaugural address gave an overview of the special training programme and said preference to a male child over a girl child "is a matter of grave concern."

"Such tendency," he said, "offends dignity of women. It undermines their importance. It violates woman's right to life. It violates Article 39(e) of the constitution which states the principle of state policy that the health and strength of women is not to be abused."

He emphasised that the government, the non-government organisations including Legal Service Authorities are required to create awareness which is really effective to enlighten the people about the constitutional concepts, culture, philosophy, religion, scriptural commands and object behind the Act.

Resource person Anuja Gulati, State Programme Coordinator, United Nations Population Fund (UNFP), Maharashtra deliberated upon the background of Jammu & Kashmir Pre-Conception & Pre-Natal Sex Selection/Determination (Prohibition & Regulation) Act, 2002; role and functions of authorities under the act with special reference to role of judiciary, trial process, etc.

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