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Book on Female Foeticide – 02

May 16, 2010

Two books on the topic of female foeticide in India; the first book, Female Foeticide in Punjab: A Sociological Study, a scholarly work authored by Dr. Balwinder Arora, is most likely an adaptation of her thesis. The second book, Disappearing Daughters: The Tragedy of Female Foeticide is by Gita Aravamudan who adopts an an investigative journalism approach to describe female feticide in larger India. Below are the table of contents of each book.


Female Foeticide in Punjab: A Sociological Study
Dr. (Ms.) Balwinder Arora

Chapter 1 Introduction 1

1.1 Scene of Independent India 6

Female Foeticide in Punjab

1.2 Punjab Scenario 12
1.3 Consequences of Female Foeticide 19
1.4 Objectives 22
1.5 methodology 22
1.6 Limitations 23
Chapter 2 Socio-Economic Profile of the Respondents 24
Chapter 3 Social Structure and Female – A Sociological Analysis 64
3.1 Value System 64
3.2 Socio-Economic Structure 89
3.3 Development Paradigm 110
3.4 Institutional Arrangements 132
Chapter 4 Action Plan 170
Chapter 5 Epilogue : Punjab in a Changing Phase (2006-2009) 191


Disappearing Daughters: The Tragedy of Female Foeticide
Gita Aravamudan

(Below is the Table of Contents; more details of the book can be found here and some write up on the book here)

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1. In Search Of Disappearing Daughters

2. Who Is The Victim

3.  Our Missing Girls

4.  Scientific Elimination

5.  Going Hi-Tech And Global

6.  The Law And The Lawless

7.  Who Wants Daughters ?

8.  Backlash

9.  The Ravaged Womb

10. Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow

Afterword: Myth And Reality





















7 Comments leave one →
  1. shoma. sen permalink
    March 16, 2011 1:57 am

    please tell me cost of the book n how long it will take to ship it to me as soon as possible……

    • April 3, 2011 9:49 pm

      Unfortunately I don’t sell these books. The purpose of this post was to inform readers like you about the resources on fighting female feticide. Which of the two books are you interested in? Let me know and I will look up information about where you can buy it from.

      • RuchikaTaluja permalink
        October 6, 2012 9:54 am

        Hello sir,
        good evening
        my name is ruchika . I Am doing LLB from i.p university,delhi.I have opted for my research work, topic named as female foeticide.. I want to study the book written by u.. please tell me how i will be able to get the book and the cost of the book.please reply me as soon as possible

  2. MITESH MEHTA permalink
    May 9, 2011 6:12 am

    i am intersted in reading this books .
    can u tell me from where can i get one ?
    mitesh mehta

    • May 10, 2011 9:06 am

      Hi Mitesh,

      Unfortunately I do not have that information right now. However, here is some information about the publishers of those books. The publishers can definitely help you with getting copies of those books.

      The book “Disappearing Daughters” by Gita Aravamudam has been published by “Penguin Books”
      The book “Female Foeticide in Punjab: A Sociological Study” by Dr Balwinder Arora has been published by “Guru Nanak Dev University”.

      I hope this helps.

  3. drrajnicontractor md gynaec permalink
    January 25, 2012 12:33 pm




    Respected SIR

    I Dr Rajni contractor M.D (Gynaec) practinsing as a private Gynecologist since 20 yr, proud to be father of having only single girl child age 17 yr.


     Census 2011 shows decline number of girl in population in matter of great & serious concern to us.
     Latest UN report says 50 million girls are missing from Indian population. As a result of gender discrimination.
    Recently few days back “Thomas Roiter foundations trust law for women, in their survey “most dangerous countries for women in world are

    1 – Afghanistan, 2 – Congo, 3 – Pakistan, 4 – India, 5 – Somalia

    Where the female are not safe before & after birth

     According to British Magazine Lancet approximate 1 crore female feticide done between 1980-2010 in India.

     According to the study done by UNICEF 7000 female child are being killed everyday in India.

     In Rajasthan about 6 to 6.5 lakh feticide have been done in the past five years.

     In Devda village of Jeslamer district of Rajasthan at present there are only 12 girls in the 25,000 population which shows how significantly lower the female sex ration is in that village.
     In Varacha area Surat district of Gujarat the sex ratio is 780 females per 1000 males.

     In Delhi 5000 females are reported to be lost in the last 6 months.

     In Punjab 275 girl are killed daily before they born
     Following states where female sex ratio at birth & 0-6years are below than expectations
    Female feticide inhuman barbaric & illegal crime committed by highly educated and respected person of civil society whom some one consider as role model- doctors gynecologist and radiologist in so many states/ UTS .
    Way in which female feticide are done by our colleuge doctor is really painful & disappointed & deeply hurt all of us lot.

    Being gynecologist I know modus operandy of sono/gynecologist it’s very difficult to catch but I have a master action plan (MAP).
    So many medicines openley sell in the market with out doctor’s prescription use for female feticide is a clear cut violation of MTP ACT 2002 and MTP RULE 2003.

    Suggestion regarding


    (1) Special “PNDT CELL” should be established.

    (2) “CENTRAL TASK FORCE “should be formed under chief secretary of health family welfare dept.

    (3) “ STATE TASK FORCE “ formed under chairmanship of state appropriate authority to monitor and checking of nursing homes & imaging sonography diagnostic centers were sex determination is being done & MTP center.

    (4) “DISTRICT TASK FORCE “under chairmanship of collector include SDM / SP/ CDHO/ BHO as a member.

    (5) Team of intelligence Network and informer (private gynecologist) / NGOs/ ash worker should be established give secret and confiditionatal information to state appropriate authority confidentinally.

    (6) NIMC – national inspecting monitoring committee

    SIMC—state inspecting mentoring committee
    Should be formed including very intelligent officers.

    (7) NIMC –should surprise and secret visit to different States/UTs to see state activity regarding prevention of female feticide.

    (8) SIMC should visit city and village to see appropriate authority doing their duties regarding
    PC & PNDT act properly or not.

    (9) NIMC — SIMC should do more string opperation of doctors who are doing such inhuman crime in sting operation including doctor as a team member because doctor knowing smart ness, cleverness, & weakness of doctor very well.

    madam I and my wife Krishna and my only daughter Rajvi work very hard and go to many cities and villages and make public awareness about Beti Bachhoo and save girl child theme in navaratari mela & religious festival since five year .

    NRHM PROGRAM I am working very hard regarding HIV-AIDS / TB program / Thalassaemia / sicklecell anemia / Jannisuraksha independently I do not belong to any orgnation and NGOs.

    I help in adoption of 12-18 new born girl child to infertile couple including 1 is my sister.

    I have prepared Hardcopy of 40 pages How to Implement PC&PNDTact by appropriate authority include various section of PC&PNDTact violated or not
    FORM.-F is filling by doctors properly or not
    How-to do proper &correct PANCHNAMA at time of sealing of sonography Machine.

    madam I have enough technical legal knowledge.

    PNDT section -23 /1 fine of 10000 and 50000 ,3yr impriosment & 5 yr impriosment for first and subsequent offence my suggestion is 3lak and 5 yr impriosment / 5lak & 10 yr imprisoment if possible implement.

    PNDT section 23/2 state medical council shall suspend registration of RMP till the case is dispose onces the charge frame by court.

    About PC&PNDTACT MTPACT I have taken so many lectures to Govt authority& doctors sir sonography was DISSERTATION in my MD exam I know sonography better I make up my mind that not bring sonographi machine.

    I am glad to inform you that I have managed to convince & change the mind set of about 37 Doctors of different cities of Gujarat. I have full proof evidence & accurate details, Name, address and telephone nos. of the patients to whom they might have violate PC & PNDT Act.

    I am happy to inform you that I have received Positive and Satisfied Response from many Doctors and we have even recorded in many nursing home of Gujarat the Case where in a Woman have delivered 3rd Female after delivered 2 female babies earlier.

    In my 20 years of private practice from day ONE to till Today have not brought USG machine
    No one doctorscolleuge- govt authority points a finger towards me regarding female feticide or other illegal activity so my integrity is never question by any one.

    I & my Dr. Friend make a DVD of 25-minits in which “MISSING GIRL” tell her story to doctor & public don’t throw me in a dustbin. I have a full right to live as you are. It’s a really good opportunity to watch & it effect deeply & change the heart & mentality of the so many people & doctors have tears in there eyes & take an oath that they will never involve in such in human crime.

    Female feticide Is a violation of both PC/PNDT /MTP ACT are the two side of same coin.

    60-80% MTP done in unregistered MTP center by unqualified doctor.

    10-20% maternal mortality are due to MTP complication.

    My MAP will definitely help govt. authority to curb the female feticide & catch the culprit & able to make strong case against culprit in court.

    Approximate 42200 USG machine registered under PC & PNDT act, in India 900 machine were sealed. Only 55 have a conviction so conviction rate is only 5%. It worries all of us.

    Respected sir I have a hard copy of master action plan (MAP) which is highly effective justifiable and viable within the full legal respects of PC& PNDT ACT, MTP ACT to stop female feticide easily without harassing doctor community. In addition, it will save thousands and lakhs of girls who are being killed in the mother’s womb without mercy.

    sir if we all are not serious about female feticide this time in future it will give rise to dangerous adverse effect on HUMAN DEVLOPMENT INDEX, MMR, IMR,FEMALE CHILD SEX RATIO. And social crime likes RAP, DOWRY DEATH, HONOR KILLING, etc…

    Violation of the PC & PNDT ACT is a clear cut violation of ARTICLE-14, ARTICLE-21of constitution.

    With all my positive spirit, faith & up to best of my knowledge in the field, I am forwarding this information to your capable hands to take this matter further.

    sir it is my humble request & will be my pleasure if I will be invited to meet & share my views & document to appropriate concern person through your channel.

    Thanks & Regards,

    Yours faithfully,

    Dr. Rajni H. contractor MD (Gynaec)
    PC & PNDT ACT.
    AHMEDABAD -380013
    TEL – (079) 27620806
    Email –

  4. drrajnicontractor md gynaec permalink
    January 25, 2012 12:36 pm

    Top 10 Districts having lowest Sex Ratio of India (Low Gender Ratio)
    India is one of the country where girl is believed to be liability for her parents. Because of such traditional thoughts, Sex Ratio (Gender Ratio) of Female has been on decreasing trend. Although Sex Ratio has been descent in South India, it has always been low in north-west region of India.
    Rank District State Sex Ratio 2011 (A) Sex Ratio 2001 (B) Difference (A-B)
    1 Daman
    Daman and Diu
    533 591 -58
    2 Leh
    Jammu and Kashmir
    583 823 -240
    3 Tawang
    Arunachal Pradesh
    701 782 -81
    4 West Kameng
    Arunachal Pradesh
    755 754 1
    5 North Sikkim
    769 752 17
    6 Kargil
    Jammu and Kashmir
    775 837 -62
    7 Dadra and Nagar Haveli
    Dadra and Nagar Haveli
    775 812 -37
    8 Nicobars
    Andaman And Nicobar Islands
    778 857 -79
    9 Surat
    788 810 -22
    10 Anjaw
    Arunachal Pradesh
    805 816 -11

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