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Sex determination: Woman loses legal battle, NGOs stand by her

September 21, 2016

Sex determination: Woman loses legal battle, NGOs stand by her

A group of civil society bodies will launch an online campaign in support of a woman doctor, whose eight-year-old struggle for justice against “illegal sex determination” of her twin daughters, ended on a bleak note.

Mitu Khurana, 40, said to be the first woman in the country to file case against her husband and in-laws under the Pre-Conception & Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques Act (PC-PNDT), 1994, has exhausted her legal recourse after the Supreme Court recently dismissed her case.

“My in-laws had illegally determined the sex of the foetus, and after finding that I was carrying twin daughters, forced me to abort them,” she alleged.

“I fought this battle from the lower court to the Supreme Court. My fight was not just for myself but also for my daughters and for many women who continue to suffer harassment. Was it my fault that I fought back and struggled for justice,” she said.

A few representatives from different civil societies and women rights bodies today held a press conference here in the presence of Khurana, a physician, and appealed to people to support her cause.

“After losing in court, we would now go to peoples court. Some of the organisations fighting for womens right have decided to rally behind this cause and very soon we are going to launch an online campaign seeking justice for her,” President, Forum Against Corruption and Threats, Indu Prakah Singh told reporters.

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