The city’s sex ratio at birth has improved marginally in 2011 compared to 2010, after a year of intense campaigning by the government, civic body and non-governmental bodies.
The ratio rose from 913 girls per 1,000 boys in 2010 to 917 girls per 1,000 boys in 2011. In 2009, the sex ratio at birth was 919 girls per 1,000 boys.
According to the 2011 Census, Mumbai city had one of the worst child sex ratios between 0-6 years of age in the state. While the national sex ratio (0-6 years) was 914, in Mumbai city it stood at 874.
The civic body claimed the sex ratio had improved due to its “intense sensitisation” campaigns. “We filed 10 cases under the Pre-conception and Pre-natal Diagnostic Techniques (Prohibition of sex selection) Act. Doctors’ associations are also participating in this campaign, and are telling their fraternity not to indulge in the crime of sex selective abortions,” said Dr Asha Advani, special officer, BMC’s family welfare department.
Dr Advani added that the sex ratio is still below expectation and they aim to raise it to 950 girls for every 1,000 boys born.