The unborn girl child has always had it tough in a country like India which has a fetish for male heirs. And according to the Houselisting and Housing Census Report 2011 released on Monday, educated and affluent Delhiites are the cruellest to her.
The sex ratio of children up to six years in the Capital has dropped to 866 girls per 1,000 boys as compared to 868 girls per 1000 boys 10 years ago. Also, southwest Delhi has the worst figures to show.
The child sex ratio of the district that includes posh areas, such as Vasant Vihar, Chanakyapuri, Delhi Cantonment etc., is 836 girls per 1,000 boys. The district is a mix of urban and rural areas that includes more than 80 villages.
Moreover, the southwest district had the lowest child sex ratio in 2001, and the numbers have fallen further by 10 points as per the current data. The child sex ratio figures have also deteriorated in New Delhi, south and north districts, though there has been an improvement of six points in that of northwest district.
The national Capital fares much worse than the national average child sex ratio of 914.
The central Delhi district that consists of areas such as Lajpat Nagar and South Extension among others has topped the chart with a child sex ratio of 902. The district also has the highest sex ratio in the Capital at 892.
Just three districts in the city - east (which has areas such as Preet Vihar, Vivek Vihar among others), west (that includes localities like Punjabi Bagh, Patel Nagar etc), and northwest (that has areas such as Model Town, Sarawati Vihar among others) -
have shown some improvement in this index in comparison to the 2001 child sex ratio.
The population of Delhi has seen a rise of 29 lakh in the past 10 years and currently stands at 1.67 crore. The good news is that the sex ratio has gone up to 866 females per 1,000 males as compared to 821 females in 2001.
Delhi Cantonment area has the lowest sex ratio in the capital at 773, followed by Chankyapuri at 787.