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Bias against girl child getting stronger Thursday, September 20, 2001
TIMES NEWS NETWORK
AHMEDABAD: Sex-ratio of girls in the 0-6 age group has dwindled in the last decade from 928 per 1,000 boys to 878 girls and it does not take an expert to identify female foeticide as the culprit.
The alarming dip has prompted experts to ponder over steps to reverse this trend revealed by census 2001. One such meeting of 80 representatives from judiciary, media, voluntary agencies, social and religious groups, police personnel and women's cell on Wednesday discussed factors for the spurt in female foeticide and ways to curb it.
"Female foeticide is more a social problem than a legislative shortcoming", observed member of the National Commission for Women (NCW) Poornima Advani addressing the meeting organised by CHETNA.
While factors like poverty and dowry play a crucial role in the preference for a male child, the bias against the girl child even among those relatively well-off needs to probed, she said and added, "Better living standards do not necessarily ensure a better deal for the female child".
Talking of the apathy in implementing the Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PNDT) Act to curb female foeticide, home secretary K Nityanandam said that the biggest hurdle was that the technique was given the protection by society itself. "One of the main problems with the law is that since the women and her family, as well as the doctor and clinic/hospital would not themselves report the offence, reporting the same is almost non-existent", Nityanandam said.
News Source : The Times of India [India's best Newspaper]