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Declining sex ratio causes concern

Friday 25 June 2004

CHANDIGARH, JUNE 24. The sex ratio in Haryana continues to be of grave concern as it had declined from 865 females per 1000 males in 1991 to 861 females per 1000 males in 2001.

This was stated by Census Director Sunil Gulati while giving a presentation on adverse child sex ratio at a ``State-level Advocacy Workshop on Sex Selection and Pre-Birth Elimination of Female’’ here.

The workshop, first of its kind in Haryana, was organised for the Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs) by the State Health Department and the Population Foundation of India, New Delhi.

The participants stressed the need for changing the mindset of the people about the birth of a girl in a family and laying stress on girls’ education to check the social malady of declining population of females.

Denouncing the practice of female foeticide, the speakers felt that no one had a right to deprive a girl from her right to take birth.

The workshop was presided over by Assembly Speaker Satbir Singh Kadian who said that social problems like female foeticide could not be resolved by enacting laws only.

He said there was an urgent need to change the thinking of the people, especially the women most of who did not like to give birth to a female baby.

Deputy Speaker Gopi Chand Gahlot also laid stress on female education and launching a mass movement against female foeticide.

Population Foundation of India Chief Executive A R Nanda sought the cooperation of the MLAs to check the escalating growth of population.

Haryana Finance Minister Sampat Singh said that the introduction of professional courses and job oriented education, especially for girls would certainly change the scenario and the results would be visible in next five-six years as these steps would go a long way in making them self-dependent.

Minister of State for Health M L Ranga urged the legislators to play a vital role in changing the attitude of the people about the birth of a female baby in a family.

Former MP Ajay Singh Chautala also called for launching a mass movement with the help of Panchayats to change the thinking of the people in this regard. - UNI

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in The Hindu, Thursday, June 25, 2004.

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