Women demonstrate over falling sex ratio in Raj

Jaipur, Apr 27 (PTI) Women activists today took to the streets of Jaipur to highlight concerns over a falling child sex ratio in Rajasthan and demand for a concrete policy to check the alarming situation.

The figures from the 2011 Census have thrown up rattling statistics of child sex ratio in Rajasthan, with 883 girls born per 1000 boys as against 909 in 2001, indicating sex selection was on the rise.

Scores of women activists from different cities of the state and from different organisations held a joint rally here today, and presented a memorandum to the Chief Minister raising certain key issues.

The activists have demanded the drafting of a state policy 2021 to lay out a plan to check the worrying trend with participation from all sections of the administration — from the Chief Minister to district and panchayat level officials.

They also demanded that officials be given the responsibility to check pre natal sex detection and properly implement the PNDT Act.

The activists highlighted that the child sex ratio in the state had fallen by a worrying 71 points over the last 30 years, and the situation was particularly bad in certain districts like Jhunjhunu where it stood at 831 and in Sikar where it was 841.

They also suggested that the Chief Minister call a meeting of all district collectors to discuss the implementation of the PCPNDT Act, and complaints against doctors found guilty of violation be registered at the Rajasthan Medical Council and be sorted out in given time frame.



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