Skewed sex-ratio remains a matter of worry in Sangrur
Following the government's failure to check killing of girls in the womb, there is no improvement in the skewed sex ratio in Sangrur district, which has the lowest sex-ratio of 843 girls per 1,000 boys in the state.punjab Updated: Nov 21, 2014 21:47 IST
Claims of development by the government notwithstanding, the mindset of the people towards girl child remains a cause of worry. Following the government's failure to check killing of girls in the womb, there is no improvement in the skewed sex ratio in Sangrur district, which has the lowest sex-ratio of 843 girls per 1,000 boys in the state.
Moreover, Sangrur, which has bagged several national awards in wheat and rice production in the country, also figures among the 100 worst districts in the country in this respect as per the 2011 census.
Interestingly, in all the 10 blocks of the district, 3-4 villages in each block have the worst sex-ratio of 500-600 girls against 1,000 boys in the 0-6 year age group.
The district administration seems helpless to improve the sex-ratio in the district despite several measures announced by the state and union governments. Now, to improve the situation further, deputy commissioner Arshdeep Singh Thind has convened a meeting of senior officers of the district to chalk out a strategy to deal with the issue.
Talking to The Hindustan Times, the deputy commissioner said that the district administration will take more steps with the help of the health department and self-help groups (SHGs).
"An awareness campaign will also be launched in the district to make the people aware about the bad impact of the falling sex-ratio on society, we will also take help of intelligence agencies to keep an eye on the state of abortions in hospitals and private clinics in the district."
However, doctors have a different view as they said that the funds will not help until the government takes steps to change the mindset of the people.
"We think, a change in the PNDT Act is the need of the hour by making it compulsory for all pregnant women to undergo a scan at government hospitals for sex determination of foetus and every female foetus thus detected must be taken care of till the time of delivery and 1-year age, so that the possibility of both foeticide and infanticide is minimised ," said Dr Amandeep Aggarwal, state joint secretary of the Indian Medical Association, Punjab State Branch.
"It is not femicide alone, but infanticide also, that is disturbing the sex ratio. Every newly-born girl child must be followed by the state up to the age of 1 year," he added.