Prominent doctor trapped in sex determination sting by the BBC
Why would any brilliant and successful professional commit an illegal act, assuming they are of sound mind? Could it be that their brilliance in fact makes it easier to justify the wrong-doing? And does their success and money give them a feeling of invincibility? They actually stop thinking about the harmful effects on society due to a shortage of women
Dr. Mangala Telang, a successful, rich and brilliant Delhi gynaecologist, with an impeccable degree, a Harvard background and attachment with foreign missions, and an adviser on several international medical panels, has been dragged into a sex determination test racket.
She was caught on tape by none other than the BBC, offering services for sex determination. These may be accusations (though the BBC says it has proof) which the doctor has denied (ofcourse) but somehow her denials ring hollow as she is seen on the tape. And the sting operation was carried out meticulously over a period of 3-4 months by the BBC.
Dr. Telang is not an unknown name to me. When I lived in Delhi I had heard about her from several people, all glowing reports about her competence.
Amazingly, Dr. Telang has campaigned against female foeticide, calling it an “evil” crime.
If sophisticated people like Dr. Telang are involved in such scams, what hope can there be for the rest of India? I had written about how government officials, including doctors entrusted with prevention of female foeticide are hand in glove with those who commit the crime, and therefore am not shocked at the revelation that Dr. Telang could be involved, but I am certainly appalled. In a way it makes sense though. It’s known that wealthy and educated people opt for sex selection as well, and naturally they would not want to go to some shady place to conduct these tests.
In the sting operation, a British couple was sent by the BBC Asian Network undercover to five clinics in India. Three of these clinics (Dr Telang’s amongst them) were ready to carry out an illegal scan.
Do people like Telang actually believe they are doing something right…that is allowing the parents a freedom of choice, which they feel is a fundamental right? Or perhaps they are afraid of disappointing patients, many of whom believe that nothing is wrong with aborting female children, and demand such a ‘service’ either for themselves or for their families? Or is this purely a conscience-less commercial activity, to get more money into the coffers? After all, sex-selection is big business in India.
Study about UK mothers and female foeticide
This expose of BBC’s comes along with a study by the BBC about Indian women in the UK aborting unborn daughters:
The Oxford University study suggests 1,500 girls are “missing” from the birth statistics in England and Wales from 1990 to 2005…Female foeticide, as it is known, has been illegal in India since the early 1980s…It is also illegal to offer scans to find out the sex of a baby – but the law is regularly flouted.
Shefaly has written about this on her blog, calling it very aptly “a perverse application of outsourcing to India.” Gargi on her blog wonders why so little fuss is made when 60 million girls go missing when other genocides of the world are talked about with such great horror.
It’s a global phenomenon
Wherever there are first generation Indians there is bound to be sex-selection. It’s not just the Indians in the United Kingdom, but also Indians in Canada who are aborting unborn female children. And I won’t be surprised if this is happening in every country of the world which has first generation Indian migrants. And if these people can get it done openly in India, with connivance of doctors, and without fear of punishment, they’ll do it. India is becoming (has become?) the hub of sex selective abortions.
In fact if anyone in the world wants to do anything illegal, from having sex with small children (post here) to peddling drugs to killing their unborn female children with little fear of getting caught, they will think of India as a probable destination. Call it globalisation of a different kind.