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From Akal Takht, a diktat against sex-determination

April 6, 2008

So, as per this article, it looks like Akal Takht has acknowledged and voiced its concerns regarding female-feticde in Punjab.

“Responding to the declining sex ratio as a social problem, the Akal Takht – the highest seat of spiritual and temporal authority amongst Sikhs – issued a hukumnama (diktat) on April 6, 2001, prohibiting pre-natal sex determination and threatening violators with social boycott and excommunication.”

Though this action is not sufficient, nevertheless it was necessary. An edict by Akal Takht will, hopefully, have an effect where reason fails to prevail. But did it have an effect? Will we see more initiatives from Akal Takht to combat this crime?

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