Awareness camp to save girl child held in Udhampur

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Udhampur
  • Updated: May 28, 2014 20:47 IST

In a bid to spread awareness on the bias attitude against female children in the district, an awareness camp under the Preconception and Prenatal Diagnostic Technique (PCPNDT) Act was organised here at Government Higher Secondary School, Dhandal, on Wednesday. District development commissioner Yasha Mudgal was the chief guest on the occasion.

Speaking on the occasion, Mudgal said the motive of the camp was to increase female sex ratio in the district and preventing pre-birth elimination of girl child. Besides safeguarding the rights of women, the act also provides information and awareness teaching. The low sex ratio was due to prevailing dowry system and paternalistic mindset of the society.

"The world is incomplete without women, but instances of killing girls in wombs are increasing and women needed to come forward to stop killing of girls," she added.

Social activist Swatanter Dev Kotwal and advocate Sanjeet Kumar also talked about the act. They said the country has witnessed advancements in all fields but bias attitude against girls was still prevailing in the country.

They added innovative techniques, including biopsy, ultrasound, scan tests and amniocentesis, devised to detect genetic abnormalities, were highly misused to detect gender of the unborn child.

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