Special Correspondent

CHANDIGARH: Deputy Chairperson of Haryana Child Welfare Council Asha Hooda on Sunday exhorted the people to contribute their mite in dealing with the problem of declining sex ratio in the State.

Mrs.Hooda, wife of Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, was speaking at a National Seminar on `Sex Ratio: Problems and Challenges' organised by Institute of Development Study, Maharishi Dayanand University at Rohtak. The reasons for the declining sex ratio should be identified and concrete measures be taken to check the menace, she added.

Describing female foeticide as a blot on the society, she said that a social awakening campaign should be launched on priority to change the mindset of people. She regretted that female foeticide was most rampant in the areas where educated and elite class lived whereas it was almost negligible in rural areas where most of the people were illiterate.

Mrs.Hooda further said that the Government could only formulate laws and schemes but their successful implementation depended on the active

cooperation of society as a whole.

She observed that even though the PNDT Act had been enforced to prevent female foeticide, it could not be very effective since the doctors themselves were sometimes involved in violating its provisions. She exhorted the medical community to socially boycott such doctors who were involved in female foeticide. Planning Commission member Sayeeda Hamid said that women should raise their voice against domestic violence. She also advocated the implementation of Domestic Violence Act and suggested that action should be taken against the culprit within 24 hours of the filing of the complaint.


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