CHENNAI: Decreasing female sex ratio may result in five lakh girl children ‘missing’ by the year 2021, warned activists, calling for a closer monitoring of the situation.
Participating in a protest organised by Campaign Against Sex Selective Abortion (CASSA) on Tuesday to raise awareness on the worsening child sex ratio in the country, activists said that because of the misuse of pre-natal diagnostics techniques for sex determination 53,158 girl children between 0-6 years went missing in 2011. The numbers went up from the previous year, which reveals the lack of monitoring, they alleged.
There were about 4,000 scanning centres in Tamil Nadu in 2010 under scrutiny. As many as 28,458 girl foetuses were aborted in 2011.
The number of such scan centres went up to 5,000 in the year 2014. The implementation of Pre-consumption and Pre-Natal Diagnostics Act has also been poor, they said.
“For the past 10 years, the ratio of men and women has been 1000:905, which has been declining continuously through the years. If this continues, it will become less than 900 in the year 2021,” said V Vasanthi Devi, former chairperson of Tamil Nadu State Commission for Women.
National Family Health Survey reveals that 24 per cent of married women are married before 18 years. Young mothers, suffering from malnutrition cause infant mortality like what happened in Dharmapuri.
Poor implementation of laws by Social Welfare Department and Health Department is also a reason for these deaths, CASSA said. “Government must take necessary actions to create awareness among the people about this,” said R Senthil, advocate and member of CASSA.