London : Britain’s Opposition Labour Party on Monday called for a ban on sex determination tests for pregnant women to counter a bias among South Asian communities in favour of male babies.

Indian-origin Labour MP Tan Dhesi said gender determination tests during pregnancies should be controlled to ensure the “social evil” of aborting female foetuses can be kept in check in Britain.

“Communities in South Asia have made huge strides in tackling this social evil. That’s been primarily through legislation, banning gender determination clinics,” the UK’s first turbaned Sikh MP said. “In the UK, we need to be doing likewise, with regards to the private sector as well,” he said.

Choosing an abortion for gender reasons is illegal in the UK, but it is difficult to detect as women cite other reasons for having the procedure.

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