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05-08-2012, 05:14 PM #1
Aamir likely to meet Gehlot to discuss female feticide issue
Soon after the Aamir Khan in his TV show talked about the feticide issue and urged to write a letter to Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, it seems that the meeting between the two is on the cards.
Aamir Khan in his programme “Satyamev Jayate” aired Sunday had highlighted the story of a sting operation done seven years back by two journalists to expose increasing female foeticide cases in four states - Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh.
The Pilot episode not only showcased the unethical practice of Female Feticide but also gave the ways to prevent it. Viewers liked the show and gave thumbs up, saying that it’s a hard hitting show, hitting directly the emotional chord.
Following the expose, the Rajasthan government had come down heavily on doctors who were involved in sex determination tests and abortions and started a probe against them. However, the doctors since then have either been promoted or have been cleared of the charges.
Aamir said in his show that he would appeal to the Rajasthan chief minister to get the cases against the doctors clubbed together and tried in a fast track court and appealed to viewers to support his signature campaign.
“Aamir has expressed his desire to meet the chief minister on May 9. The chief minister’s office is looking at the CM’s schedule on that day. Chances are high that he (Gehlot) would meet him,” said a senior official in the chief minister’s office.
Rajasthan has been in the news for increasing cases of female foeticide and female infanticide. According to Census 2011, Rajasthan has 883 girls between the age of 0-6 for every 1,000 boys. The child sex ratio in 2001 was 909.
Alarmed over the state's skewed sex ratio, the state government recently announced steps to curb pre-natal sex determination tests at ultrasound clinics.