PM regrets declining sex ratio

August 15th, 2011 - 10:44 am ICT by IANS  

Manmohan Singh New Delhi, Aug 15 (IANS) Expressing regret over the declining sex ratio in the country, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Monday called for a change in the mindset of society with respect to women and girls.

“The figures of census 2011 show improvements in most areas. But it is a matter of deep regret that the sex ratio has shown a decline from the level of last census,” he said in his Independence Day address.

According to the prime minister, it was not only necessary to implement the existing laws effectively but it was essential to change the approach “with which our society views girls and women”.

“I would especially appeal to the state governments and social service organisations to take steps for empowerment of women and for improving their status in society,” he added.

According to the 2011 census, the sex ratio has dropped to 914 girls for 1,000 boys.

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