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Ineffective laws blamed for female foeticide

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Multi-dimensional approach needed to tackle the menace, say speakers at seminar

KHAMMAM: The complex problem of female foeticide should be addressed through a multi-dimensional approach envisaging active involvement of all the stakeholders including the civil society to end the inhuman practice, opined speakers at a seminar organised by the All-India Democratic Women's Association (AIDWA) here on Tuesday.

The seminar was organised on the second day of the ongoing 12th State conference of AIDWA. The speakers included distinguished women speakers from various spheres of life apart from Anusha, who had lost both her parents in the ghastly attack by a stalker in Rajahmundry in 2009.

Vulnerable section

The speakers gave a detailed account with facts and figures on the vulnerability of women to gory crimes and in particular the cold-blooded murder of girl children in womb before being born. Terming the sharp decline in child sex ratio in around 16 States across the country as an alarming phenomenon, AIDWA general secretary Sudha Sundararaman deplored that around 78,873 girl children had been lost due to the menace of female foeticide in Uttar Pradesh alone in the last one decade. “The callous implementation of the Pre-natal Diagnostic Techniques (Regulation and Prevention Misuse) Act is one of the main reasons for the unabated instances of female foeticide, she charged and deplored that the Central Supervisory Board did not meet even once for three long years before the declaration of the 2011 census figures.

In some places like Haryana, the act has not been notified, she deplored pointing out at the increasing atrocities against women including the buying of brides due to the imbalance in male and female sex ratio. “Change of mindset towards the girl child and social as well as economic upliftment of women are the need of the hour to check female foeticide,” she observed.

Anusha narrated the ordeal suffered by her, including the loss of her parents and subsequent suicide of her sister, due to the violence unleashed by a stalker. Freedom fighter Mallu Swarajyam suggested that the government should introduce martial arts training as part of curriculum for all the girl students from class VII to equip them with self-defence skills.

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