Faridkot villages better sex ratio
Girls outnumber boys in two villages
Tribune News Service
Faridkot, September 8
At a time when Punjab is grappling with skewed sex ratio, a couple of villages of the district have set an example by reversing the trend prevailing in the state thanks to the district administration’s endeavour.
Leading the list of villages that have improved their sex ratio is Bhag Singhwala village which has 1,400 girls against 1,000 boys. Machakimalsingh village too has an impressive sex ratio with 1,200 girls against 1,000 boys. Golewala village stood third with a ratio of 950 girls against 1,000 boys. Overall the sex ratio in the district has shot up to 865 girls against 1,000 boys. The District Social Security, women and Child Development Department carried out a door-to-door survey between January and August to find out the effect of their campaign against female foeticide. CDPO Chhinderpal Kaur said they used to maintain a record of pregnant women in villages and keep track of them until the child was delivered. They would also ascertain the child’s sex at the time of birth. She attributed the campaign’s success to people’s support. She said it was the people of Bhag Singhwala and Machakimal Singh who took the initiative and the survey result shows that their efforts bore fruit. The state government has proposed a prize money of Rs 3 lakh for areas having more than 1,000 girls against 1,000 boys.
She told that if these villages maintained their sex ratio by December their cases would forwarded to the state government under the scheme. Deputy Commissioner Rakhi Bhandari said it augured well for the girl child and indicated a positive change in people’s mindset.