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Haryana Witnesses Highest Ever Sex Ratio In 2017, After Being State With Worst Ratio In 2011

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| January 14 , 2018 , 09:46 IST

In the short span of 6 years, Haryana has managed to turn around from its ignominious position as the state with the worst gender ratio among all states in 2011, to its highest ever gender ratio in 2017 with a remarkable increase of 82 points.

According to the Census 2011, Haryana had the worst sex ratio in all of India with 834 girls born for every 1,000 boys, which has now increased to 914 girls against 1,000 boys in 2017. In the year 2016, the numbers stood at 900 per 1,000 boys and in 2015 the ratio was 876 girls for 1,000 boys.

An official spokesperson detailed that 17 districts have registered sex ratio at birth (SRB) of 900 or more and no district was below 880 in 2017. He credited the success to concerted and consistent efforts made by the state government, led by Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar following the launch of the ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ (BBBP) campaign by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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“Soon after launch of the campaign, the present state government embarked upon a multi-pronged drive to improve the sex ratio by conducting raids on illegal ultrasound centres, decoy-trapping of ultrasound, scanning institutes, registration of FIRs against the offenders, unearthing of unholy nexus of culprits engaged in sex selection and female foeticide and by a regular follow-up of the registered FIRs until judgment was passed,” the official said.

Around 550 FIRs have been registered under the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PC-PNDT) Act and Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP) Act against the offenders the official added.

As per data, Panipat district tops the list with an SRB of 945, followed by Yamunanagar with 943.