Chetan Chauhan, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, June 23, 2011
Pithoragarh in Uttarakhand and Beed in Maharashtra are among several districts in India where vanishing girl child is a new phenomenon. As per 2011 census, child ratio in zero to six age group was 914, lowest since Independence, as compared to 927 in 2001 census. The number of girl child below six years of age has fallen to 800 for 1,000 boys in 2011 as compared to around 900 in 2001 in these districts.
“It is one of the sharpest falls in the child sex ratio for any district in India,” said Dr Sabu George, an activist working in the area of vanishing girl child in India. [more]