Chandigarh: Haryana has been infamous for having worst sex ratio in India. However, the state has shown a great improvement recently.
For the first time in the history of the state, Haryana has touched the 950 mark for the sex ratio at birth, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said.
Sincere efforts towards the ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ campaign has led to this change, Mr Khattar said.
He said that the state government launched a campaign by implementing the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PCPNDT) Act, 1994, and Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP) Act, 1971. It has also been running awareness campaigns to stop foeticide and promote education of the girl child.
After the launch of the campaign, more than 430 FIRs have been lodged in the state under the PC-PNDT Act and MTP Act against offenders during the last two years 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),” Mr Khattar was quoted as saying by the news agency IANS.
As per district-wise data, the sex ratio at birth during March in Kaithal, Rohtak, Jhajjar, Gurugram, Bhiwani, Jind, Fatehabad, Panchkula, Rewari, Ambala, Mewat, Sonepat and Faridabad was 864, 863, 893, 893, 893, 896, 898, 912, 913, 921, 926, 939 and 947 respectively.
The ratio in Karnal, Hisar, Yamunanagar, Sirsa, Kurukshetra, Panipat, Palwal and Narnaul was 953, 972, 974, 976, 980, 993, 1,217 and 1,279 respectively, as per information provided by the state government.
The Chief Minister said that misuse of MTP kits for illegal abortions by unauthorized paramedics in the state was also detected and culprits were booked under MTP Act, Drugs Act and IPC.
Prior to 2016, the sex ratio in Haryana was a dismal 879 females per 1,000 males, but last year 15 districts had sex ratio at birth more than 900. This year showed further improvement by crossing the 950 mark.
Massive drives against sex selection, selective abortion and female foeticide are some of reasons that led to this progress.
(With Inputs From Agencies)