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DCPCR concerned over falling child sex ratio; holds program in national capital

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

The Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights (DCPCR) held a public awareness program, “Declining Child Sex Ratio,” on Saturday to alert people regarding the fall in the child sex ratio.

The program was held in collaboration with Action Aid and Beti Zindabad Campaign. The participants talked about the laws on pre-natal diagnostic techniques and their implementation.

The DCPCR emphasized on the child sex ratio in the capital city (866), which is “lower” than the national average (914) and has even seen a two points decline as per 2011 statistics compared to 2001 in the city itself.

The commission also spoke on government’s recently launched ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ project and the position of stakeholders, media and the civil society organizations in the campaign.

The release stated, “We all know that the declining child sex ratio in India is of prime concern for the government. Delhi is no exception to it.”

Though the 2011 census revealed that national average of sex ratio (female per thousand males) improved by a marginal seven points from 933 to 940, it showed a declining trend in the age group of 0-6 years.

According to  the commission, there was a decrease of 13 points in child sex ratio nationally in the age group of 0-6 years. It said, “In the Census year 2001, this figure was 927 which after a decrease of 13 points is now 914 in the Census of 2011.”

The national capital sees a decrease of two points in the child sex ratio for children aged 0-6. In the 2001 Census, the number stood at 868 while it decreased to 866 in the 2011 Census, the commission said.

Nevertheless, there is an increase of about 10 points in the age group of 7 years and above.

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Female Sex Ratio in Haryana reaches 950, CM Manohar Lal Khattar acknowledges “Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao”

Haryana sex ratio has improved rapidly to 950 as gainst the earlier 879

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Haryana, April 11, 2017: Haryana is a state which has been infamous for female foeticide over several decades leading to the least sex ratio across the country. However, time seems to be turning for the female child in the state as the ratio is improving rapidly and has touched a score of 950 for the first time.

The fact was declared by the Haryana state CM Manohar Lal Khattar. Khattar said the figure has been achieved following strict efforts to improve the sex ratio through a sustained campaign as part of the ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padao’ campaign.

“The state government launched a massive campaign by implementing the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PCPNDT) Act, 1994, and Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP) Act, 1971, and running sensitisation-cum-awareness campaigns promoting girl child,” Khattar said, mentioned PTI report.

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He said more than 430 FIRs (first information reports) have been lodged in the state under the PC-PNDT Act and MTP Act against offenders during last about two years since the launch of the campaign against those who were involved in sex selection and female foeticide.

“Out of these, more than 80 FIRs were registered after inter-state raids in the neighbouring states of Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Delhi and Punjab. All raids were conducted by deploying decoys.”

“Apart from these, more than 50 cases of Sex Selection Drugs (SSDs) being sold by unscrupulous elements promising male child were also detected and FIRs were registered against such offenders under the PNDT Act and Indian Penal Code (IPC),” Khattar said.

The Chief Minister said rampant misuse of MTP kits for illegal abortion purposes by unauthorised paramedics in the state was also detected and culprits were booked under MTP Act, Drugs Act and IPC.

Haryana witnessed the sex ratio at birth crossing the 900 mark in 2016 for the first time.

Earlier, the sex ratio in Haryana was a dismal 879 females per 1,000 males.

-prepared by Nikita Tayal of NewsGram Twitter @NikitaTayal6

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Women Helpline to be launched soon in Himachal Pradesh, says CM

The state has also been successful in the implementation of schemes like 'Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao'

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Himachal Pradesh, March 09, 2017: Himachal Pradesh government has stepped a way forward with regard to women safety and thus will soon be launching women helpline in Himachal Pradesh as told by the chief minister, Virbhadra Singh.

While addressing the state level function to celebrate International Women day, Singh declared that the State government was committed to putting an end to the violence against women was an offense to the foundations of human rights, human decency, and human dignity, mentioned PTI.

Women are the pillars of the society and it is impertinent to suffice them with skills and confidence with which they can decisions that will drive the sense of independence in them and urge greater participation in government and security sector.

According to the PTI report, the Chief Minister announced that 20 per cent posts of constables and sub-inspectors had been decreed for women in the police force and presently there were five women police stations, also four anti-trafficking units comprising women police force at Shimla, Mandi, Sirmaur, and Kangra.

The chief Minister further illuminated the audience about Muskaan, an initiative by the state government started to improve sex ratio in the state. An animation film ‘Muskan’, which is an initiative of Mansi Sahai Thakur, Director, Social Justice, and Empowerment department was also screened on the occasion. The women who have done exceptionally good in their respective fields were also awarded on the occasion.

Mr. Singh highlighted various schemes that the state government has implemented including ‘Mukhya Mantri Kanyadaan Yojna’ in which the monetary assistance had been improved to Rs 40,000 for the marriage of poor girl child.

The state has also been successful in the implementation of schemes like ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’. The State government was strictly implementing the Pre-Natal Diagnostic Act (PNDT), and anyone found involved in pre-diagnosing practice, would be severely punished as per provision of the law.

– prepared by Naina Mishra of Newsgram, Twitter @Nainamisr94

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Twitter celebrates Daughter’s Week after Maneka Gandhi started Online Campaign ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’

Maneka Gandhi tweeted a photograph with her daughter-in-law and granddaughter to kick-off the campaign

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  • India celebrated August 11 as Daughter’s Day and that entire week as Daughters’ Week as part of government’s ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’
  • Maneka Gandhi tweeted a photograph with her daughter-in-law and granddaughter to kick-off the campaign
  • She believes that the campaign will help in the improvement of the society and will encourage people to send their daughters to school

August 17, 2016: India celebrated August 11 as Daughter’s Day and that entire week as Daughters’ Week as part of government’s ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ (Save daughter, educate daughter) programme to check female feticide, improve sex ratio and educate girls across the country. The social media campaign to celebrate daughters, daughters-in-law and granddaughters was started by Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi on August 8.

Maneka Gandhi tweeted a photograph with her daughter-in-law and granddaughter to kick-off the campaign. She also invited people to tweet their pictures with their daughters-in-law and grand-daughters with #BBPDaughtersWeek. There was an overwhelming response by the people and Mrs. Gandhi re-tweeted dozens of photos sent to her.

Indian Minister for Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi tweeted this photo of herself with her daughter-in-law and granddaughter Image Source : Twitter
Indian Minister for Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi tweeted this photo of herself with her daughter-in-law and granddaughter Image Source : Twitter

“We are asking people to celebrate the young women and girls in their lives. The time has come to celebrate women. Women are doing much better now, there’s more confidence in them. We want to spread the message that the girl child should be valued,” said Mrs Gandhi to BBC.

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The statement from the ministry said, “This opportunity is being used by the Ministry to engage citizens to celebrate the young women and girls in their lives, and spread the message of valuing the girl child.”

In India, sons are generally viewed as assets as they later become the breadwinners of the family, while daughters are seen as a liability. Sons are also preferred as they carry on the family name, and perform the last rites for their parents, which is an important ritual in many faiths. With the patriarchal attitude deeply ingrained in Indian society, parents run tests to determine the gender of an unborn child, and female feticide remains a common practice in parts of India.

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Mrs. Gandhi believes that campaigns aimed at removing the concept of female feticide and levelling the sex ratio in the country will help in the improvement of the society and will encourage people to send their daughters to school.

Mrs. Gandhi also explains why her campaign singled out daughters, daughters-in-law, and granddaughters. The division was to raise the voices of those Daughters who were denied the right to live, to remind people to treat Daughters-in-laws with love and affection and to appeal to the grandmothers to let the girl child live.

– prepared by Ajay Krishna of NewsGram. Twitter: @ajkrish14

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