From: mohanlal panda <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, Jun 24, 2011 at 12:16 PM
Subject: India's shame: Report of 304 female foeticides a day in Rajasthan
Greetings from PVCHR.
Please refer to the news in the link and the news below: http://epaper.asianage.com/PUBLICATIONS/ASIAN/AAGE/2011/06/24/ArticleHtmls/304-female-foeticides-a-day-in-Rajasthan-24062011005009.shtml?Mode=undefined
The social groups working on the "Let Girls Be Born" campaign blamed ultrasound centres for the decline in the male-female sex ratio in the age group of 0 to 6. The state has 1,804 machines at registered sonography centres. "Our study indicates that 304 girls are killed every day before being born in Rajasthan, claims Shikshit Rozgar Kendra Prabandhak Samiti (SRKPS) secretary Rajan Choudhary. The situation is alarming.
As per figures, 10,925 foetuses are aborted every year in the state," says Mr Choudhary, who has been working on the Save The Girl project for years. He said the authorities launched a probe under the PC-PNDT Act only in 183 cases but now the doctors involved in abortion hire middlemen to avoid any legal action against them, he says.
According to SRKPS, Jaipur emerges as the most flourishing centre for such sex determination and abortion activities as the city has 600 sonography centres.
"Though the state government raised its preparedness to act against such activities but the authorities are illequipped and working halfheartedly," says Mr Choudhary. The 2011 Census revealed that for 1,000 boys, Rajasthan has only 883 girls. "If the state government could effectively check against the erring sonography centres, the sex ratio could improve significantly, Mr Choudhary added.
According to SRKPS, the border district of Sriganganagar is the only district in Rajasthan where the sex ratio has registered a marginal increase by four points from 850 in 2001 to 854 in year 2011. "The decline in sex ratio by 26 points in the last decade as compared to seven points in the 1990s was unexpected and warranted a serious reflection among the policy planners, says Mr Choudhary. "Before the advent of ultrasound machine, the state had better sex ratio, he said. "As per our study, 5,000 people are working as middlemen in Rajasthan between the sonography centres and the families," he said.
This is a really alarming situation. Sir, on behalf of PVCHR, I request you to immediately intervene and direct the state to step in to this gross criminal act which is of course not happening without the knowledge of the state agencies.
Dr. Mohanlal Panda
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