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HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times
Lucknow, September 17, 2013
The number of tehsils in UP with declining child sex ratio has gone up in the 2011 census in comparison to the 2001 census. This is a clear indication that sex determination is increasing in rural pockets. Stating figures from the census report, Dr Neelam Singh, member of the central monitoring committee, said: “The worst report is from Ghorawal tehsil in Sonebhadra district where a fall of 178 points was recorded. You can imagine the impact of sex determination here as overall child sex ratio came down from 953 to 926.”

Addressing the state level workshop on PC-PNDT Act on Monday, Dr Singh said if the child sex ratio (CSR) fell down by 8 points at the national level, then Uttar Pradesh saw a decline of 14 points, indicating more and strict measures are required to keep unborn girls safe. Besides, the sex ratio fell by 11 points at the national level while in UP it fell by 17 points.

“Sex determination is on the rise in rural areas. Imagine the magnitude of the problem as 70% of our population is rural.

Immediate action is needed to curb this menace,” she said.

Commenting upon the trends, she said the western part of the state was primarily thought to be more under the impact of sex determination, but now eastern UP was having growing incidence of this and Sonebhadra was a glaring example.

“The mindset of people and misuse of ultrasound machines need to be checked,” she said.