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10 years on, girl child killers still getting away in Punjab & Haryana

10 years on, girl child killers still getting away in Punjab & Haryana

Ramaninder Bhatia & Sukhwir Siwach, TNN Apr 2, 2011, 02.00am IST
CHANDIGARH: Ten years after Census 2001 shook the country's two top agrarian states of Punjab and Haryana by showing their abominable sex ratio, there is more chilling news from Census 2011.

In Punjab, if the overall sex ratio has climbed from 876 in 2001 to 893 in 2011, the sex ratio in the 0-6 group stands at 846. In neighbouring Haryana, the sex ratio in the same age group is 830, as compared to the state average of 877 females per 1,000 males.

It is not just the Census data that is painting a grim picture. Figures available with TOI are startling and go to show why Punjab and Haryana are reeling under this menace. Haryana has registered just 54 cases under the Pre-Natal Determination Tests (PNDT) Act ever since it was enacted in 2001.

Though Haryana was the state where the country's first conviction under the Act took place in 2005, there have been only 28 convictions in Haryana ever since. In Punjab, there have been just 112 cases registered and 23 convictions.

Haryana health minister Rao Narender Singh's home district, Mahendergarh, is at the bottom of the pile after Jhajjar. Jhajjar is the home district of former Haryana health minister Geeta Bhukkal, who now holds the education portfolio.
"There is a lack proper follow up on implementation of schemes once any district shows significant improvement," Bhukkal said.

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