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Karnataka minister Dinesh Gundu Rao points finger at official negligence regarding female foeticide in state

Health Minister Dinesh Gundu Rao expresses grave concern over rising female foeticide cases in Karnataka, citing negligence among health officials. Vowing stringent measures, he emphasizes cooperation between health and police departments. Rao pledges a statewide program to combat gender-based foetus termination, promising severe action against complicit personnel. He urges collective efforts to address the issue for societal welfare.

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First Published Dec 1, 2023, 1:23 PM IST

Karnataka Health Minister Dinesh Gundu Rao expressed deep concern over the rising cases of female foeticide in Karnataka, attributing it to the negligent attitude of health department officials. Rao addressed the media following his visit to a residence in Hullenahalli taluk, where an alleged incident of female foetus termination had taken place. He emphasized the urgency for collaboration between health and police departments in handling such sensitive cases.

Expressing disappointment at the lack of seriousness exhibited by officials, Rao stressed the need for a thorough investigation into the matter. "The irresponsibility showcased by our health department officials in this district is alarming. It is evident that they have overlooked their duties," Rao stated during the press briefing.

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The Minister pledged to introduce a comprehensive program aimed at implementing stringent measures statewide to combat the menace of gender-based foetus detection and termination, branding it as a heinous act. Acknowledging the Bangalore Police's discovery of a network involved in such activities, Rao assured that the government is taking the issue seriously.

Highlighting previous visits by health department officials to Alemane, Rao pointed out that no evidence of female foeticide was found during their inspection two months ago. He warned of severe repercussions for any health department personnel found complicit in such diabolical acts.

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Calling for a high-level investigation into the case, Rao affirmed the government's commitment to preventing such incidents in the future. "Stringent action will be taken against those responsible. We must instil fear in the minds of those contemplating such actions," he declared.

Emphasizing the significance of a balanced sex ratio for society's welfare, Rao urged collective efforts to eradicate this issue. The press conference was attended by MLAs Darshan Puttannaiah, P. Ravikumar, Kadalur Uday, District Health Officer Dr. K. Mohan, Dr. Bette Gowda, and Congress leader M. S. Chidambara.

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