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Female Foeticide Toll in State is 55,053 per Year

She said that there were 20 districts where the number of girls had plunged to 800 or below for every 1,000 boys. "The data shows that sex selective abortions are on the rise. This is particularly true about the districts that have a good literacy rate and come under rich and affluent population," she said.

Gulati said that the situation was no different at the national level. There were 976 girls (0-6 years of age) per 1,000 boys in the country in 1961, while the number came down to 914 in 2011. "If it goes down at the same speed, we will have only 900 girls per 1,000 boys in 2021," she added.

Prakash Doke, former state director of health services, confessed the half-hearted efforts of the government in eliminating sex selective elimination (SSE).

He said that according to the rule, inspection of sonography centres had to be done every three months, which hardly happened.

The meetings of the state supervisory board for implementation of Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Tests (PCPNDT) Act, 1994 were not held regularly.

There are many pending cases under PCPNDT Act in the courts and many times the decision goes against the government.

"The defenders have a team of lawyers, while only one government pleader is fighting them. How do we expect results?" he asked. He admitted that despite the fact that a law to curb SSE is in place, the result is negative. Social worker Varsha Deshpande and lawyer Uday Varunjikar were also present.

A recent survey of sonography centres by PM Shah Foundation in the city reveals that over 60% of the centres are violating the PCPNDT Act while the Pune Municipal Corporation's list of registered centres was not updated.

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