In the 2014-2016 period, of the 21 large States, only two — Kerala and Chhattisgarh — had an SRB of above 950 girls per 1000 boys.
We hope the new Health Minister restores the regularity of the meetings.
The Supreme Court has been continuously reminding medical associations since 2002 of their obligation to follow the law, its latest reminder being the formidable 92-page judgment against the Federation of Obstetrics and Gynecological Societies of India (FOGSI) earlier this year.
Other members of the board are the prison’s director-general, state home secretary, state law secretary, a district judge, the government’s chief probationary officer and a joint commissioner-rank officer of the Delhi Police.
If the seven-member board votes by a majority to release any prisoners, the verdict is sent to the Delhi lieutenant governor, who may either approve or decline the release.
However, for years, in the special neonatal care units (SNCU) set up by the government, there was an excess of about 8% male children in several States.
Regrettably, the government has prioritised an expansion of SNCUs rather than deal with the issue of the ‘missing girls’.That data for the private sector are more skewed has not been articulated in the NFHS reports or adequately dealt with by the Health Ministry.For two decades, in visits to hospitals, particularly private, too often we observed more male children even when the total number of births were small in number. It is criminal to use public funds to privilege boy births and facilitate discrimination against girls right from birth.Manu Sharma, son of Haryana politician Venod Sharma, had approached the Delhi High Court with a plea for early release.The court, on January 21, asked the SRB to consider Sharma’s plea during the next meeting on grounds of good conduct and having completed the mandatory 14-year jail term.Of the 2.5 lakh reported births in the 2010-2014 period, the distribution of births at home, government hospitals and private hospitals was 21%, 52% and 27% respectively and the corresponding SRB figures were 969, 930 and 851.