Pan­vel’s dis­mal child sex ra­tio alarms city ac­tivists

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Tas­neem Kausar ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­

Even as Cidco has planned the am­bi­tious South Navi Mum­bai smart city in the re­gion, and it is be­ing recog­nised as an ed­u­ca­tional hub, Pan­vel is lag­ging far be­hind in terms of girl child birth, not just in the re­gion, but the coun­try.

It ranks 8th among cities with the low­est child sex ra­tio in the coun­try with a shock­ing fig­ure of just 820 girls for ev­ery 1,000 boy born in Cidco ju­ris­dic­tion Pan­vel area.

The re­gion is all set to get an in­ter­na­tional air­port. It is also in the news for its metro and other mega projects. Even as the Cen­tre’s smart city pro­ject is to take off, Cidco man­ag­ing di­rec­tor San­jay Bha­tia an­nounced South Navi Mum­bai pro­ject, the first smart city pro­ject in the coun­try which was launched with much fan­fare by chief min­is­ter Deven­dra Fad­navis.

The re­gion is go­ing to wit­ness in­vest­ment of over Rs50,000 crore in the next five years and Cidco will in­vest around Rs38,000 crore.

While on the one hand, there is talk of a smart city, on the ground, the sit­u­a­tion is dif­fer­ent. The fig­ures seem to in­di­cate that the planned re­gion is not re­cep­tive to the idea of the girl child.

As per the 2011 census, the pop­u­la­tion of Cidco ju­ris­dic­tion area in Pan­vel is 1,95,373. Lit­er­acy rate was 89.10%. How­ever, the fig­ures of girl­boy ra­tio show a dis­mal 820. The state av­er­age is 929. Even Raigad re­gion in which Pan­vel falls has 959.

Sev­eral talukas in Raigad district have sat­is­fac­tory fig­ures as does the Pan­vel Mu­nic­i­pal Coun­cil area.

Stress­ing on the need for aware­ness to save the girl child, so­cial worker Khaleel Atha­vane said, “The low girl child ra­tio in Cidco area of Pan­vel is wor­ri­some. The lit­er­acy level among men is around 96% while among women it is 91%. De­spite the lit­er­acy rate be­ing high, the ra­tio of girl child has been fall­ing.”

He added, “Cidco, zilla par­ishad, so­cial or­gan­i­sa­tions, political lead­ers need to come to­gether to push for ‘save the girl child’ cam­paign. Strong ac­tion should be taken against cen­tres that pro­vide de­tails of the sex of the foe­tus. The func­tion­ing of the sonog­ra­phy cen­tres needs to be ver­i­fied.”

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