Use and Abuse of Technology
March 2005

Use and Abuse of Technology

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Background
The practice of Female Foeticide or the selection of the sex of the foetus is a combination of personal choices, family issues, social, ethical, medical and even legal reasons. Within all these reasons, technology has also come to play an increasingly crucial role. Sex Determination Techniques, that is, Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PNDT) are used for predicting the sex of an unborn offspring after conception preferably in the first four months of pregnancy. From foetoscopy, ultrasonography, chorionic villus biopsy, to foetal blood sampling, genetic technology has evolved over the last three decades.

The Indian picture
Women are both worshipped and accorded a highly revered status in our Indian society. Yet the progressive technological developments cannot hide one of the worst impending 'gender' crisis the society is facing

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