BETI BACHOA ABHIYAN “SAVE THE GIRL CHILD CAMPAIGN”
The sex ratio in Gujarat, which stood at 883 (0-6 years) in 2001 (Census) declined to 824 at birth, in the year 2004 as per the Civil Registration System (CRS) data making Gujarat the third worst State in the country in terms of sex ratio. To address this issue the state has initiated a number of steps under its Beti Bachao Abhiyan. First and foremost the state updated the village wise data on sex ratio in the different parts of the state. Based on the Census 2001 data, 43 most adversely affected talukas were identified for focused attention those were having low Sex Ration in 0-6 year’s age group. They undertook a drive and registered 3244 institutions which included Genetic Counseling Centres, Genetic laboratories, Genetic clinics, Ultrasound clinic/ Imaging centres, Mobile clinics under PC-PNDT act. An intensive awareness campaign was launched in these talukas. All the Ministers and MLAs toured these 43 talukas extensively to create mass public awareness regarding declining sex ratio. Public campaigns were held by civil society organizations. In the city of Surat one million people took an oath to fight against sex discrimination and female feticide. Religious leaders also joined hands for a sustained impact. Stringent action was taken under PC and PNDT Act; 148 sonography machines were sealed, and 78 cases filled in the courts. Out of 78 cases, 13 cases have been filed in the Gujarat High Court and 1 case in Supreme Court. Two sting operations were also carried out by a special task force constituted for this purpose at the state level which has had a strong deterrent impact. A Conference was organized with the higher judiciary to create greater awareness amongst the higher judiciary, which was attended by two Honorable Judges of The Supreme Court, Chief Justice and sitting judges of the Gujarat High Court and the senior members of the judicial fraternity in Gujarat. Collectors, District magistrates and...
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