After a long time, the Haryana government has some incredible news to cheer for. The state – in a first — has shown a noticeable scaling up in terms of its sex ratio, which now has touched the 950 mark.
Infamous for its skewed sex ratio, the state now has 950 girls for every 1,000 boys in March this year.
Chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar announced the good news and also proudly mentioned that the number has never gone up before this. Even district-wise, the data is increasing, he said.
Quoting Khattar here, “After the launch of ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao‘ programme by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Haryana accepted the challenge of improving the skewed sex ratio,” New Indian Express reported.
It is indeed worthy of credit since the campaign’s massive launch in the state strictly implements 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.
An official release quoting Khattar said, “More than 430 FIRs have been lodged in the state under the PCPNDT Act and the MTP Act in the last about two years. Out of these, more than 80 FIRs were registered after inter-state raids in the neighbouring states of Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Delhi and Punjab.”
While the overall mission is to achieve an equal sex ratio for the entire state, another effort, ‘Selfie with Daughter‘ – both in the country and abroad — is also responsible for the improvement in sex ratio.
The state now strictly fights female foeticide. The numbers are still not great, but definitely an improvement.
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