Delhi to strengthen rules against female foeticide: Dikshit

July 11th, 2011 - 10:26 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, July 11 (IANS) Expressing concern over the growing gender imbalance, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said Monday that her government will make the rules more stringent to punish those involved in female foetcide.

Terming the skewed sex ratio an offshoot of female foeticide, Dikshit said: “The government is planning to impose a heavy fine and strict punishment for such incidents. It is essential to save girl child at any cost. The society will have to intensify campaign so that the ratio of girls and boys could be made even.”

Speaking on the occasion of World Population Day, Dikshit also announced the implementation of Janani Shishu Surkasha Yojna in August with the objective of minimizing maternal and child death rate.

“The government will provided ambulance service or may reimburse transport expenses for taking pregnant women to hospitals and back to their homes,” she said.

State Health Minister A.K. Walia, who was also present on the occasion, said his department has organised a fortnight-long programme to provide information and facilities on small family. It will also encourage and educate families on spacing in child birth.

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