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Girl child victimization on rise in Jammu & Kashmir
1/24/2014 10:43:51 PM
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Jammu, Jan 24: A Srinagar based Human rights activist Er. M.M.Idrees Ul Haq Beigh have urged the state government to end the victimation of girl childs in Jammu & Kashmir.
Idrees ul haq said " Daily their is a news of Girl Child being foeticided or Raped in our State and is increasing day by day.Since Jammu & Kashmir have its own J&K Pre-conception and Prenatal Sex Selection/Determination (Prohibition and Regulation) Act 2002, but it is proving to be a good income source for some anti elements of the society who have made sex determination tests and abortion a high-profit business in J&K. The ground reality is so much different that one fails to understand how this menace came in our state. From the last decade , J&K has witnessed a mushroom growth of illegally operated imaging centres , ultra-sonography laboratories and abortion clinics, often owned and run by quacks. With the authorities turning blind eye to their activities, their trade has survived many of the 'news making raids' and crackdowns. Over hundreds of such units are believed to be making a fast buck while sharing their revenues with Police and Health authorities.
As any census done does not search for reasons behind the loss, many of the sociologists and economists rate female foeticide as the key factor in drastic decrease of Girl Childs in our state.
If looked at the census report of 2011, It has indicated an alarming level of female foeticide in Jammu and Kashmir as a drastic decrease of 79 females per thousand of children has been noticed in the basic age group of 0 to 6 years. In each unit of 2,000 children, there were 941 females and 1059 males in 2001. The ratio has been found to have fallen to 862 females: 1138 males in 2011.
This phenomenal decline has brought J&K down to the bottom of the list among all Indian States with just Haryana and Punjab behind it. In child sex ratio, J&K was better off with 963 females in 1981. It gradually dropped to 941 females in 2001, dipping further to 862 females in 2011 and raising questions with regard to the official claims about crackdown on prenatal sex determination tests and female foeticide.
In J&K, all the 22 districts have witnessed decrease in the number of female children. Pulwama tops the list with the loss of 217 female children per thousand. Budgam follows with the significant fall of 172. While as Pulwama (829) and Budgam (832) have fared as the worst, these two districts were ironically on the top of the best performing districts with 1046 and 1004 respectively in 2001.
Seven out of ten districts in Kashmir have lost more than a hundred females every thousand. Even as Baramulla has lost 98 female children per thousand, followed by Bandipore (-75) and Srinagar (-63), the Valley's rural districts of Pulwama (-217), Budgam (-172), Ganderbal (-151), Kupwara (-142), Anantnag (-136), Shopian (-133) and Kulgam (-118) have topped the list of dubious distinction. Readings are a little reassuring in Jammu province where Poonch (-66), Kishtwar (-53), Ramban (-43) and Rajouri (-40) have topped the list in the loss. Reasi (-33), Udhampur (-26) and Doda (-26) have followed. Jammu (-24), Samba (-19) and Kathua have witnessed the minimum loss.
Talking about the Increase in rape cases in Jammu & Kashmir Idrees ul haq said, "According to the official records which were recently published in a local news paper, various districts of the state during 2011-12 collectively registered 578 cases of rape, the figures revealed a shocking tend, and capital cities of Jammu and Srinagar are witnessing the highest number of rapes. Jammu tops the list with 39 cases in 2012 and 35 in 2011 followed by 34 and 32 cases in Rajouri in 2012 and 2011 respectively. In Srinagar district 19 rape cases were registered in 2012 and 13 cases in 2011. Similarly, in Udhampur area of Jammu region, 30 cases were registered in 2012 which is very high as compared to 14 rape cases registered in 2011."
"If this trend of female foeticide and rapes is continued Time is not Far when our state would be a crime hub. The most alarming aspect of the crime situation in the state is unprecedented increase recorded in the crimes against women last year with about 303 rapes, 1322 molestation and 373 abetment to suicide cases, besides 8 dowry deaths against 277 rapes, 1194 molestations, 369 abetment to suicides and 11 dowry deaths in the year 2011," he added.
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