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Haryana’s sex ratio changes drasticall­y as efforts pay off

SURVEY SHOWS GIRLS OUTNUMBERI­NG BOYS IN SEVERAL VILLAGES New Delhi

- BY AJAY JHA Chief Correspond­ent

The skewed sexratio in Haryana has changed drasticall­y with girls outnumberi­ng boys in many parts of the state now.

A state government survey has thrown up the heartening news that stringent implementa­tion of various laws and better awareness has helped increase the number of girl child during the past five years.

The 2001 census had put Haryana on the alert as it had emerged as one of the states with the worst sex ratio with 861 females for 1,000 males.

Eligible youngsters

The situation had become so bad that people in many villages, particular­ly in Jat-community-dominated areas, had started look- ing for brides for their eligible youngsters from tribal areas of Jharkhand and Orissa.

Successive state government­s since have taken various measures. Besides coming down heavily on private clinics doing sex determinat­ion tests that was attributed to the rising incidents of female foeticide, the state administra- tion announced monetary incentives to parents giving birth to girl child, free education and government help in the form of cash at the time of their marriage.

Findings of the survey conducted across 25 villages have surprised many. Most of these villages now have more girls compared to boys in the age group 06 years. While girls out- number boys in this age group in Bhiwani district, the ratio that stood at 871 female for 1,000 male in Hisar district in 2001 has increased by 7 per cent with the figure standing at 901 female for 1,000 male.

The situation has changed even in urban areas of the state with girl child outnumberi­ng boys in several towns.

Maximum

According to a Haryana government spokesman here, the provincial government is now planning to have similar surveys conducted in the entire state. Continuing with the carrot and stick policy (rewarding those having more than one daughter and punishing those indulging in female foeticide) and giving wider publicity to achievemen­ts of these villages are going to be part of the government policy.

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