Concerned over the growing incidence of female infanticide in state’s Marathwada region and Beed district, the state government has convened a meeting of all concerned officials in Beed to discuss the crack down on irregular activities on May 20.
Beed has the lowest male-female sex ratio in the age group of 0-6 years (801 as against 1,000 male children) as per the 2011 census. Maharashtra’s sex ratio in the age group of 0-6 years is 883 girls as against 1,000 boys.
“Child ratio has decreased by 30 points from 2001. The maximum decline is in Beed district (93 points) and minimum decline is in Gadchiroli is by 10 points. The child sex ratio has seen meagre increase in Satara, Kolhapur, Sangli and Chandrapur,” said health minister Suresh Shetty.
Shetty said he has convened a meeting of district collectors of all the eight districts in Marathwada, 2 IGs, divisional commissioners, civil surgeons, medical officers of municipal corporations to discuss the present situation in the region and how effective implementation of existing laws can be taken to stop female infanticide.
“Regular inspection of sonography centres where the sex of the unborn child is determined and conveyed to the parents can be done under the leadership of the district collectors,” he said.