Haryana improves upon child sex ratio, long way to go still

  • Sat Singh, Hindustan Times, Rohtak
  • Updated: Jan 02, 2015 18:41 IST

Haryana refused to shed the tag of a state with skewed child sex ratio (CSR) though it improved its record a bit by registering birth of 873 against 1,000 boys between January 1 and October 31. The Meo-Muslim dominated Mewat district topped the chart in the state, where 915 girls were born, followed by Panchkula (912).

Gurgaon and Faridabad distracts that are in proximity to national capital have recorded birth of 851 and 889 girls, respectively, and finished at 13th and sixth place in the state tally.

Sirsa, a northern district sharing boundary with Punjab and Rajasthan, recorded 895 girl births finishing at third place and faring better than Gurgaon and Faridabad.

Palwal and Rohtak recorded 883 births each, while Ambala, Jind and Karnal have recorded 887 births each. Among the districts that recorded least CSR in the previous year are Rewari, Jhajjar and Bhiwani. Rewari and Mahendergarh districts, which are known as land of the Ahir community, have recorded birth of 805 and 767 girls, respectively.

Similarly, Jhajjar which had been gifted with national institute for cancer, extension centre of AIIMS and research university for nuclear energy by previous government, had recorded 810 births of girls child in year gone by.

Out of 21 districts in the state, only two districts namely Mewat and Panchkula could cross the 900 mark of girls birth, while other 19 districts remained laggard in recording as low as 767 births at Mahendergarh.

The state health department had raided at 82 illegal abortion centres at different districts in previous year to keep a check on sex determination test available to prevent the birth of girl child.

Recently, police had seized a portable Chinese ultrasound machine by raiding the premises of a private doctor in that district, exposing the large scale illegal selective sex practice prevalent in society.

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