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Citing dipping sex ratio,Centre seeks infanticide report

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has asked the West Bengal Health Department to furnish details of the cases of female infanticide cases in the state,citing reports of increase in number of such cases and a dip in the sex ratio.

Written by Sulagna Sengupta | Kolkata | Published: June 14, 2012 5:58:53 am

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has asked the West Bengal Health Department to furnish details of the cases of female infanticide cases in the state,citing reports of increase in number of such cases and a dip in the sex ratio. The sex ratio in Bengal has dipped from 927 women for 1,000 men in 2001 to 914:1000 in the 2011 census

In a letter to the department,the NHRC also asked it to furnish a detailed report on whether the state government has any scheme to implement the slogan — Hum Do Humare Do — the two children policy of the Centre.

The commission has also asked the state government to provide information whether any incentive scheme —monetary or special allowance — on birth control is prevailing in West Bengal.

“It would be a gross violation of women’s human rights if their reproductive rights are denied. Moreover,India is a signatory to the International Conference of 1994 on population and development where it was decided that states should prepare incentives and disincentive scheme for family planning,” the letter added.

The NHRC has taken up the cause of “reproductive rights” of women very seriously and has been asking all the state governments to furnish reports if there are any incentive or schemes for pursuing small family norms.

The NHRC has has asked the state health department to submit its report within a month.

“It will take some time as we have to collect information from other departments too,” said Asit Biswas,spokesperson,state health department.

According to Sunanda Mukherjee,chairman of West Bengal Women Commission,there has been an increase in female foeticide cases in the state.

“I still believe that more awareness programmes should be launched to stop both female infanticide and female foeticide cases.”

She blamed “poor implementation of PC&PNDT Act,and rampant use of portable ultrasonography machines” for the rise in female foeticide cases.

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