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Sex ratio at birth dips in 17 of 21 states, Guj records 53-pt fall: NITI

According to the report, improvement in SRB was witnessed in Punjab, which registered a rise of 19 points, followed by Uttar Pradesh (10 points) and Bihar (9 points)

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

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The at birth (SRB) saw a decline in 17 out of 21 large states of the country, with Gujarat recording an alarming dip of 53 points, a report released by the stated and stressed on the need to check sex-selective abortion.

According to the report, among the 17 states which recorded substantial drop of 10 points or more, in Gujarat the fell to 854 females from 907 females per 1,000 males born registering a drop of 53 points from 2012-14 (base year) to 2013-15 (reference year) in this indicator.

Gujarat is followed by Haryana, which registered a drop of 35 points, (32 points), (27 points), Maharashtra (18 points), Himachal Pradesh (14 points), (drop of 12 points), and Karnataka (11 points), the 'Healthy States, Progressive India' report states.

"There is a clear need for states to effectively implement the Pre-Conception and (PCPNDT) Act, 1994 and take appropriate measures to promote the value of the girl child," the report stated.

According to the report, improvement in was witnessed in Punjab, which registered a rise of 19 points, followed by Uttar Pradesh (10 points) and Bihar (9 points).

at birth is an important indicator and reflects the extent to which there is reduction in number of girl children born by sex-selective abortions, the report added.

First Published: Sat, February 17 2018. 16:00 IST
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