Female foeticide tells on sex ratio in India: Official

Female foeticide tells on sex ratio in India: Official

TNN, Jul 1, 2010, 09.49pm IST

MANGALORE: There will be a serious imbalance in the male-female ratio in the country if steps are not initiated to check female infanticide, said the district child and reproductive health officer Rukmini. 

Speaking at the Statistic Day celebrations in commemoration of Prasanta Chandra Mahalnobis who contributed to the field of statistics here recently, she said female infanticide is growing at an alarming rate, and is the primary reason for the growing imbalance in the male-female ratio. 

Providing statistics of the birth rate in the district, she said in 2009-10, a total of 22,672 children were born in the district. The number of new born babies in five taluks of the district include 4,943 in Bantwal, 3,491 in Belthangady, 3,706 in Puttur, 1,913 in Sullia, 6,474 in Mangalore rural and 2,145 in Mangalore urban. 

She said of the total deliveries, 9,131 were held at government hospitals, 13,506 in private hospitals and 35 cases were home deliveries. As many as 246 babies died due to various reasons. All new born babies have been immunized, she said. 

Speaking on the occasion, DK zilla panchayat chief planning officer T J Takath Rao focused on the importance of statistics in the process of development in the country. 

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