With the girl child sex ratio declining considerably in the district as was evident from the 2011 census, the district administration has embarked upon an ambitious task of educating the people to check female foeticide.

As per recent census, there are only 937 girls per 1,000 boys in the age group of 0-6 years in Karimnagar district, which is below national average of 970 girls per 1,000 boys.

In order to increase the girl child ratio, the district administration had roped in the services of Women and Child Welfare Department, SHGs of IKP groups and ASHA (Accredited social health activist) workers and Medical and Health Department to educate the people about the protection of girl child.

As a prelude to the campaign, the administration had decided to launch a special drive to educate people about the PNDT -- Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (Regulation and Prevention of Misuse) – Act to check female foeticide. The medical practitioners would be educated not to disclose the sex of the baby. They were also warned of serious legal action if they violate the Act.

The doctors would be also empowered about the importance of protection of girl child by not taking up medical termination of pregnancies (MTP) in spite of pleas by the parents.

Collector Smita Sabharwal toldThe Hinduon Saturday that they would integrate the IKP women members, ASHA workers and Anganwadi workers to check female foeticide.

They would also educate the rural-folk about the various welfare schemes such as Girl child protection (GCP) scheme for the benefit of girls.

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