Civil society calls for attention to declining sex ratioApril 1st, 2011 - 5:38 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, April 1 (IANS) Concerned over the nation’s child sex ratio declining to 914 females per 1,000 males, experts from civil society here Friday called for a countrywide response from the government and policy makers.
“It is a shame for the entire country. It is time to move away from patchy responses and look at the larger picture to evolve a stronger strategy to change the status quo,” ActionAid India executive director Sandeep Chachra said.
According to the provisional data for the Census 2011, the child sex ratio (0-6 years) has declined from 927 females per 1,000 males in 2001 to 914 females per 1,000 males in the last decade.
The statistics have confirmed the worst drop in the number of girls in comparison to boys since the country became independent.
“Sex selective abortion is a prime reason for this. The data shows that it is the upper caste families and prosperous areas of the country that have most the missing girls and the sex ratio gap,” Chachra said.
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