Sex Selection (Female Foeticide) in India – University of Copenhagen

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Sex Selection (Female Foeticide) in India

The University of Copenhagen's School of Global Health and the Sexual and Reproductive Health Working Group invite all interested to an open debate meeting on sex selection in India.

The main presentation will be by Dr Sabu Mathew George from Centre for Women’s Development Studies in New Delhi.


The meeting is open for all, but for logistical reasons please sign up here.

About Dr Sabu Mathew George

Sabu has worked on girl child issues such as pre-school child nutrition, female infanticide, girl child neglect, and female foeticide (sex selection) for 30 years. Research on child nutrition was largely done during 1985 to 1996. Female infanticide research in North and South Tamil Nadu, South Andhra Pradesh and North Karnataka was undertaken over 1986 to 1998. On sex selection, he has done research in North, South and Eastern India (1994-2015), organised public action (1995-2015), created jurisprudence through litigation (2000-2015), initiated media sensitisation efforts (2000-2014) and persisted in implementation of the PNDT Act with large number of partners around the country since 2001.

Educated at IIT Bombay, Johns Hopkins and Cornell Universities, his academic publications have appeared in prestigious journals such as the Lancet, Reproductive Health Matters, Prenatal Diagnosis, and Economic & Political Weekly. He has undertaken extensive field research, (7 years) in North & South Tamil Nadu, North Karnataka, Haryana, South Kerala, Uttar Pradesh villages and other States during 1985 to 2014. Funded by Thrasher Fund, Rockefeller Foundation, UNICEF India & NY, Action Aid etc. And been part of public campaigns against these practices in a few Indian States. He was involved with the public interest litigation in the Supreme Court against the Governments, 2000-2003 to implement the PNDT Act to restrain the misuse of foetal sex determination. With AIDWA, successfully lobbied the Parliament to amend the PNDT Act in December 2002 along with the Union Health Ministry. He was involved with the enactment of the PNDT Act in Jammu & Kashmir in 2002. He has been appointed by the Union Health Ministry, Government of India as a member of the National Inspection & Monitoring Committee of the PNDT Act several times over the past 13 years (presently serving since late 2011). Thus visited many states over 2011-15 to review implementation of PNDT. Twice in the last 12 years he has been a member of the committees constituted by the Union Health Ministry to consider Amendments to PNDT Act (2001-2 and 2012-13). He has testified before the Committees of the Indian Parliament and US Congress on sex selection (2002 and 2013 respectively). Recently, he attended Government of India’s review meetings on PNDT for Southern States, Eastern States and Central in Hyderabad, Kolkatta & Bhopal in 2014. Presently, he is a petitioner in the Supreme Court against internet search engine companies, (Google, Microsoft & Yahoo) for promoting sex selection. He has also intervened in 2012 and 2013 in Delhi High Court and Supreme Court on other cases which have attempted to weaken PNDT Act.