Highest-ever sex-ratio reported in Haryana. 914 girls per 1000 boys

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Consider it a victory for a state that has long been looked-upon as the homeground for crimes against women, but it cheers us up to inform you guys that Haryana has achieved its highest ever sex-ratio!

For too long the state has been reported for experiencing the biggest number of cases of female foeticides, leading to a far less number of girls for the corresponding number of boys.

But in a recent consensus, with an average of 914 girls per 1000 boys, the state has reported its highest sex-ratio yet.

Released by the state government this past week, the survey further details that out of the 5,09,290 infants who took birth within January 2017 to December 2017, there were 2,66,064 boys and 2,43,226 girls.

This is quite a plunge from the previously reported number of 876 girls per 1000 boys back in 2015.

Bifurcating the data district-wise, the lowest reported tally this year was at 880, while the highest SRB (sex-ratio at birth) was achieved by the Panipat district, which came up with the ratio of 945/1000.

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The growing awareness against the practice of female-infanticides, and curbing down the illegal practice of attempting to determine the sex of the child before birth - has led to narrowing down the disparities between the sexes.

Here is a statement from one of the government officials on the state's achievement this year:

"The government embarked upon a multi-pronged drive to erase the black dot of skewed sex ratio state from the map of the state by conducting raids on illegitimate ultrasound centres, decoy-trapping of ultrasound/scanning institutes, registration of FIRs against the offenders, unearthing of the unholy nexus of culprits engaged in sex selection and female foeticide and a regular follow-up of the registered FIRs until judgment was handed."

We can't help but celebrate the continuous fight against patriarchy with this poignant anthem against female infanticide: 

Here's to hoping the differences continue to narrow-down.

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