New Delhi: Rajya Sabha members on Monday expressed concern over the poor sex ratio in India, pointing out that stringent steps were needed to contain the situation.
Raising the issue during zero hour, Nationalist Congress Party member Tariq Anwar said continuing female foeticide and discriminatory treatment against women was a serious problem faced by the nation.
"The government has taken several steps, but there is no change in the situation, the bias against women and girl child continues," Anwar said.
The member quoting the 2011 census report pointed out that in the last decade alone, the child sex ratio has dipped from 927 on 2001 to 914 per 1000 in 2011.
This is the lowest since independence.
Anwar was joined by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) member Maya Singh, who said according to the latest report from the World Bank India had the worst situation in sex ratio after China.
"The latest World Bank report shows India is second after China in poor sex ratio," Singh said.
According to the World Development Report-2012, China and India have the world`s worst sex ratios. China (population of 1.3 billion), India (1.15 billion), and Sub Saharan Africa (0.8 billion) together account for 87 percent of the world`s "missing" girls and excess female mortality.
"This shows female foeticide and prenatal sex determination are going on and all government programmes are ineffective," Singh said.
"Government must make the implementation of laws against pre-natal sex determination more effective," she said.
The opposition members however later pointed out that even as an important issue was being raised, only a few members were present in the treasury benches and the concerned minister was also missing.
Less than 10 members of treasury benches were present while the issue was being raised.