Concerned over the worsening sex ratio in the state, the state government will launch a ‘Save the Girl Child’ campaign on the occasion of World Population Day on Monday.
The focus will be on awareness programmes against female infanticide, officials said.
"Mala Jagaycha Aahe" (I want to live), a play, will be staged on this occasion. Also, chief minister Prithviraj Chavan will inaugurate an exhibition and launch a website ‘aamchimulgi.com’, and a helpline regarding the law, which prohibits the use of pre-natal diagnostic techniques for ascertaining the sex of the foetus.
Beed district has the lowest sex ratio in the state in the age group of 0-6 years (801 girls for 1,000 boys), as per the 2011 census. The sex ratio for the entire state in this age group is 883 girls for 1,000 boys. “Child sex ratio has decreased by 30 points from 2001.
The maximum decline is in Beed district (93 points) and minimum is in Gadchiroli, by 10 points. The ratio has seen a slight increase in Satara, Kolhapur, Sangli and Chandrapur,” said state health minister Suresh Shetty.
The Centre has also asked the state to step up efforts for implementation of the Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (Prohibition of Sex selection) Act, 1994. In a recent letter to the chief minister, Union health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad urged Chavan to review the situation personally.