Even the unborn stand to benefit. Scientists have estimated that the age-old preference for sons over daughters leads to 500,000 female foetuses being aborted every year. However, new software being developed for India's 28,565 ultra-sound clinics will record every woman's scan and the sex of her child.¡Ojala! Though, this being India, I'm sure a few hundred rupee notes could convince an ultra-sound technician to "delete" an inconvenient file, even as the inconvenient child is "deleted."
By cross-referencing this data with birth records, those responsible for India's "lost" girls will be exposed at the click of a mouse.
Tuesday, June 20, 2006
IT and human life in India ...
The Telegraph's (UK) New Delhi correspondent, Peter Foster (who just returned from a trip to the Maldives. Yeah, he blogs. :)), writes about being a firang in Delhi, navigating bureaucracy (not Indian, this time), and the various ways in which the IT revolution can help India's vast masses. Including this: