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NCW writes to govt to fill gaps in PNDT Act

Concerned over declining child sex ratio in the country, the National Commission for Women has written to the government on the need to bridge the "gaps" in the law for curbing pre-natal sex determination.



New Delhi: Concerned over declining child sex
ratio in the country, the National Commission for Women has
written to the government on the need to bridge the "gaps" in
the law for curbing pre-natal sex determination.
NCW chairperson Girija Vyas has expressed worries on the
matter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Health Minister
Ghulam Nabi Azad. "I have written the letters last evening,"
she said on the sidelines of a seminar on "Women in The World
of Tomorrow" organised by the Commission.

Vyas, whose term as chief of the women`s body will end on
Saturday, has said the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic
Techniques (Prohibition of Sex selection) Act has several
"gaps" and there is a need for reviewing it. The government
should ensure passing of a proposed bill sent to it in this
regard by the commission, she has said.

The census figures have revealed a national child sex
ratio of 914 girls per 1000 boys, the lowest since
independence and down from the previous census figure of 927.
The day-long meeting today saw presentations by
chairpersons of various state women`s commissions and
discussions on issues like trafficking, declining child sex
ratio and domestic violence.

Vyas also expressed concern over trafficking of women
while some delegates raised the issue of pushing of women into
prostitution and the recent case where instances have come to
fore of kidnapping of little girls by prostitution rackets and
injecting growth hormones into them.

PTI

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