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Pune’s backyard has worst sex ratio among districts

Recent inspections into illegal sex determination in the district have once again brought to light the poor child sex ratio in the district.

Written by Anuradha Mascarenhas | Pune |
June 26, 2012 2:39:13 am

Recent inspections into illegal sex determination in the district have once again brought to light the poor child (0-6 years) sex ratio in the district. Shirur tehsil,an hour’s drive from Pune,has a dismal child sex ratio while Baramati and Daund tehsils too figure poorly.

Doctors say what is interesting is the fact that areas where there were no sonography machines,child sex ratio was better than areas where such machines and centres abound.

While the ratio has dipped by 30 points in the state as per the 2011 census,Pune’s backyard,too,has a similar story to tell. The situation is worse in tehsils barely an hour or two away from Pune.

District civil surgeon Dr Vinayak More said as part of the inspection drive against illegal sex selection,they found that economically developed and politically active areas had fewer girls than others.

Shirur disctrict has the worst ratio. In 2001,the child (0-6 years) sex ratio was 889 girls per 1,000 boys. It went down to 846 girls per 1,000 boys in 2011. In Daund and Baramati,too,the ratio dipped to 861 girls per 1,000 boys and 866 girls per 1,000 boys respectively in 2011.

Mulshi tehsil has a poor child sex ratio of 857 girls per 1,000 boys. Teshils like Purandar,Indapur,Ambegaon and Khed also have a ratio of less than 900 girls per 1,000 boys. At Junnar,the figure is 893 girls per 1,000 boys; Khed,877 girls per 1,000 boys; Purandar,872 girls per 1,000 boys,and Ambegaon,871 girls per 1,000 boys.

Wadgaon Maval,Haveli,Velha and Bhor fare better with each tehsil having a ratio higher than 900 girls per 1,000 boys. More said some tehsils had several sonography machines while remote ones like Velha did not have a single machine. The child sex ratio in Velha is 953 girls per 1,000 boys.

Of the 381 ultrasound machines surveyed by the Pune district health authorities,141 have been shut down for various reasons like unavailability of a radiologist and others. Some doctors even volunteered to seal the machines on their own as they were not being used. Eleven cases have been filed against sonography centres for violating provisions of the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques Act.

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