New Delhi, May 19 IANS | 5 months ago

In a bid to eliminate from the society the practice of sex determination of embryo, the Centre for Social Research (CSR) is all set to roll out "meri shakti meri beti" campaign in Haryana.

The campaign started by the CSR and supported by the German embassy aims at addressing gender biased sex-selection, replicating best practices in combating sex-selective abortion and mend the gap in the regional approach for sex selection by coordinating cross-jurisdictional programming.

According to the 2011 Census report, Gurgaon city and Manesar town have an extremely low sex ratio of 854 girls per 1,000 boys.

The region is highly stratified across the economic spectrum, with a high-earning urban class and a large and growing population of rural migrants from surrounding regions, the report says.

Speaking about implementing the plans, CSR director Ranjana Kumari said: "We are hopeful and confident that by partnering with other grassroot level NGOs, 'meri shakti meri beti' project will be a success. Community watch groups and committees against sex selection are also being formed that will keep a constant check on incidences of female foeticide in this region."

The project has already been implemented successfully in the national capital in the last couple of years and now aims at raising awareness about pre-natal sex determination and prepare stakeholders and community members for deeper engagement to curb the declining sex ratio in the region, she said in a statement.

(Posted on 19-05-2014)

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