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Women in state make sense of census
- Most people feel awareness is the key to stem female foeticide

Patna, April 1: India’s plunging sex ratio has set off the alarm and to make matters worse, the figures revealed by the 2011 census reveals it is the lowest in 50 years.

With the decrease in sex ratio in Bihar as well, women in the state feel more awareness should be created among the people, especially in rural areas.

According to the provisional data released by the census of India on Thursday, Bihar’s population has risen to 10.38 crore in 2011 from 8.29 crore in 2001. On the other hand, the sex ratio has reduced to 916 from 919 in 2001.

The sex ratio is defined as the number of females for every 1000 males.

Kahkashan Parveen, the chairperson of Bihar State Women’s Commission, said: “This is something to be thought over. Awareness should be created or else a day will come when no girl will be left to be married to a boy. How can a society be imagined without girls? Girls and boys are complementary to each other.” Perween added: “Use of ultrasound machines should be stopped and tabs should be put on doctors.”

Tanwi Sinha of Darbhanga House, Patna University who is pursuing a postgraduate degree in economics, said: “It is necessary to create awareness. People, especially in rural areas, should be made aware of the importance of girls in society. How can a home exist with only boys and no girls? How would it look?”

Sinha is surprised to see the dip in the sex ratio and that too in Nitish’s regime when girls are being taken care of.

Sinha said: “The economic standard of the people is rising and perceptions are changing. Under such circumstances how can the sex ratio go down? People should realise girls are no longer considered burden and parents should never think that investing on them is not practical. Successful stories of women must be narrated to make people aware of their importance.”

Manju Singh, a member of the board of directors, Lions Club of Patna Favourite, also echoed similar sentiments.

Singh said: “This should be strongly highlighted at the government level. The reduction in the sex ratio should be put up in the form of slogans on big hoardings.”

Singh said: “People should be told how their mindset is affecting the society. There should be no discrimination between a boy and a girl child.”

Singh added: “Doctors too should not promote use of ultrasound machines for determining the sex of the foetus. It is illegal and is one of the reasons behind decrease in the sex ratio.”

Namita Singh, zonal chairperson, Lions Club District 322-E, said: “The important thing is awareness. Until and unless people are made aware the ratio would plummet further. People should realise if the ratio keeps on decreasing a day would arrive come when marriages will be next to impossible. Moreover, a society cannot be imagined without girls.”

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