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National Girl Child Day function

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TRICHY: Stressing the need for bringing equality in sex ratio, Trichy district collector K Rajamani on Tuesday expressed concern over the dip in female birth rate in the district. “A vital parameter for ensuring equality in society, the sex ratio should be equal. Unfortunately, the trend is downward for the past few years,” said collector at the National Girl Child Day function organized by the district administration at Kalaiarangam. The collector pointed out the decline of the sex ratio since 1991. Going by the data, the district had 945 girls for every 1,000 boys in 1991.

In the next 10 years, the numbers declined to 921 in 2001. It further went down to 889 in 2016 calling for an immediate attention to find out the factor behind the drop. As a result of changing focus on the reasons for the abysmal decline, the ratio jumped to 947 in 2017. While underlining unethical practice of revealing the sex of foetus by scan centres in rural areas of the district, the collector said that the action of sealing down the erring scan centres under- The pre-conception and Pre-natal Diagnostic Techniques (PCPNDT) Act helped the health department prevent the possible female foeticide.

Yet, the sex ratio curve was down again to 941 in 2018 in Trichy. Breaking a perception that female foeticide was prevalent only in rural areas of the district, the collector held the educated people in urban areas responsible for the determination of sex of foetus and female infanticide. “Even the affluent people in city areas indulge in deliberately avoiding female child. It should be stopped with strict action,” said the collector.

Health services joint director (JDHS) Dr S Samsath Begum, district social welfare officer (DSWO) A Thamim Munisha and several others spoke. The collector gave away awards to the winners of the games conducted to celebrate the national girl child day.

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