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Doctors in India prosecuted for sex determination, but few convicted

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 02 February 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:257
  1. Ganapati Mudur
  1. New Delhi

    Pressure from the medical community is obstructing action against doctors in India involved in illegal sex determination and selective abortion of female fetuses, government officials said last week, echoing concerns expressed by health activists.

    More than 300 doctors have been prosecuted in India for violating a 12 year old law that prohibits doctors from disclosing the sex of a fetus to parents, but only four have been convicted, officials said at a conference on sex selection technologies in New Delhi.

    Birth registration figures show …

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