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National Girl Child Day: NGO for implementation of act banning pre-natal sex determination

Last Updated: Saturday, January 25, 2014 - 20:28

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: At a time where female children still face gender discrimination which male kids do not experience, and on the occasion of National Girl Child Day, a non-governmental organisation (NGO) on Friday has pitched for proper implementation of the act banning pre-natal sex determination in India.

National Girl Child Day is being observed across India by the government on January 24 with an aim to raise awareness and consciousness of the society towards the girl child. On this day, the NGO met the Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights (DCPCR), demanding proper implementation of the act banning sex determination of foetuses.

"The sex ratio in the capital, especially in south Delhi, has been reported to be low. We met the DCPCR chief as the commission has an important role in the implementation of the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques Act (PCPNDT)," Smita Kahnijow of Action Aid was quoted as saying to IANS.

As per Census 2011, Delhi has a sex ratio of 866 females per 1,000 males.

To protect the girl child, the NGO also harped on setting up of anti-sexual harassment cells as per the Vishakha guidelines in both government and private schools.

With Agency Inputs

First Published: Saturday, January 25, 2014 - 00:15
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