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Brave Mother for Save Girl

December 15, 2009

Save Girl

Dr Mitu Khurana, is fighting a lone battle. The 32-year-old Delhi-based paediatrician, had taken up cudgels against her husband Dr Kamal Khurana and in-laws to save her daughters from being aborted. She managed to save them both, but as a result, was thrown out of the house.

Brave Mother for Save Girl

Over the past 20 years in India, 10 million female babies have been aborted.

Sadly, the practice of female foeticide is widespread in our rapidly progressing society. The craze for a son is resulting in the murder of unborn girls. Dr Mitus refusal to abort her twin-daughters cost her dearly.

Dr Mitu Khurana deserves kudos for her doggedness in exposing her doctor husbands nefarious intentions. Her safeguarding of a mothers right and daughters natural right to birth is laudable. By taking up the cudgels against her husband and in-laws she has given a befitting rebuff to all male chauvinists, and her action is an eye-opener. Sadly, the PCPNDT Act has not come to Dr Mitus rescue and justice continues to elude her.

Dr Mitu Khurana is the first woman in the capital to have filed a case against her husband and his parents under the Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PNDT) Act.

Even after giving birth she was not allowed to enter the house. “My in-laws laid down the condition that I would have to give up one of my daughters for adoption if I wanted to enter their house,” she said. Dr Mita Khurana decided to fight for her daughters’ rights. She filed complaints with the Delhi Commission of Women and the Delhi Appropriate Authority, which specialises in pre-natal diagnostic technique cases.

Dr Mitu Khurana is the first woman in the capital to have filed a case against her husband and his parents under the Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PNDT) Act.

She was taken to a hospital by her husband on the pretext of a regular check-up. There she was sedated by deception. Her husband had already convinced some doctor friends to do a sex-determination test of her embryo.

And once the result showed she was expecting twin girls, the family demanded an abortion.

Says Dr Mita Khurana: “I was shocked. One could not expect such behaviour from an educated family. My husband’s parents are retired academics, but they refused to understand. The family had wanted a male child.”

This was also published on The Hub – Witness

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