Save the Girl Child

December 11, 2014 No Comments

Awareness on Save the Girl Child:

In India, the rapidly declining sex-ratio is turning into a demographic burden; the sharp decline is seen in the age of 0-6 years. The sex ratio (number of girls for every 1000 boys) within this age group plunged from 961 in 1981 to 914 in 2011 in India. Declining numbers of girls in the populations as per 2011 census indicate that the child sex ratio is adverse for girls and this could lead to serious socio-cultural problems and population imbalances in the country.

The  campaign programme was conducted in Madhyamgram Municipality, North 24 PGS, where around 5000 common people were sensitized on the following issues:

  • Present scenario of constant decreasing of Girl child –State, Nation and District specific and its reason.
  • Negative common mindset among general people towards girl child and reasons for boy preference. Common attitude that sons are perceived as an asset & daughters are perceived as a liability.
  • Common reasons towards declining in the number of girls – neglect of the girl child, high maternal mortality, female infanticide and now, female foeticide. Sex-selective abortions have been greatly facilitated by the misuse of diagnostic procedures such as amniocentesis, ultrasonography, chorionic villous sampling that can determine the sex of the foetus.
  • Role clarity among the responsible Govt stakeholders & general populations to raise these issues in their different regular activities.

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