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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