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India reports drop in child sex ratio

Posted on Dec 18, 10:15PM | IBNS

India has reported a drop in child sex ration, said Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad on Tuesday.

In a written reply in Rajya Sabha, Azad said: "As per Census 2011, the child sex ratio (0-6 years) has declined from 927 females per thousand males in 2001 to 914 females per 1000 males in 2011."

He said the State/UT Government have the key responsibility to effectively implement the PC and PNDT Act.

"Government of India on its part, is committed to strengthen effective implementation of the PC and PNDT Act to address the declining child sex ratio in the country and has been providing technical, financial and IEC support to the States. Further Government has been regularly monitoring the progress of implementation of the Act," said the minister.

"As an outcome of increased efforts by the Government, Quarterly Progress Reports are now reflecting an improved compliance of the provisions of the Act by States/ UTs.

"So far, a total of 556 cases have been registered against violation of the PC and PNDT Act in last two years as against only 739 cases between 1995 and 2010. There are 111 convictions secured so far and medical license of 33 convicted doctors have been suspended by respective State Medical Councils," Azad said.