The P M Shah Foundation, Vardhaman Pratisthan and Lek Ladki Abhiyan had jointly organised the discussion to create public awareness on the PCPNDT Act and female foeticide.
Further, Gulati highlighted that 27 states and union territories in the country have showed a decline in CSR between 2001 and 2011.
“In India, around 6 lakh female foetuses are selectively aborted every year. The percentage of CSR decline in the country is 1.4, while in Maharashtra it is 3.28,” she said.
Twenty districts in the State have CSR between 800 and 900, while during the last census, only nine districts had such a low CSR.
She also pointed out that the tribal districts in State have reported less number of girls between the age group 0 and 6 than it was ten years ago.
Meanwhile, the former director of health services, Maharashtra, Dr Prakash Doke, gave an overview of the scenario of the registered sonography machines.
There were 7,583 sonography machines till December, 2010. Out of these, only 1,839 machines have gone through quarterly inspection, Doke said.
Advocate Uday Warunjikar explained the provisions of the Act, while advocate Varsha Deshpande shared her field experiences on implementation of the Act. P M Shah Foundation's president advocate Chetan Gandhi coordinated the event.