10/01/2017 9:34 AM IST | Updated 10/01/2017 9:51 AM IST

Child Sex Ratio In Haryana Touches 900 Mark For The First Time Two Decades

"We have to achieve 950."

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In 2011, India's child sex ratio stood at 914 girls to 1000 boys, the lowest since Independence. At the time, then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh called it a "national shame." Haryana had a child sex ratio far worse than the national average: 834 girls to 1000 boys.

But now Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has said that Haryana's child sex ratio had reached the 900 mark, the first time in two decades, The Hindureported today.

Khattar credited Prime Minister Narendra Modi's "Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao" scheme as well as a massive drive against sex selection, sex selective abortion and female foeticide. "We have to achieve 950, for which we will need support from our neighbouring states. The good news is that Haryana has shown the way and taken the lead in correcting the sex ratio in the country," he told the newspaper.

Citing the Civil Registration Data, Khattar said that out of 5,25,278 children born in the state from January to December 2016, there were 2,76,414 boys and 2,48,864 girls, and the sex ratio at birth had reached the 900 mark.

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