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Female infanticide: 'Affluent' South Delhi tops capital chart

by FP Staff  Apr 12, 2012 11:40 IST

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Maxwell Pereira, a former Joint Commissioner of Police for the New Delhi Range of the Capital City, says that female infanticide happens at a larger scale in affluent societies than in underprivileged neighborhoods.

"In Delhi, again South Delhi has the highest percentage", he said in an interview with CNN IBN.

After the unfortunate death of Baby Afreen yesterday the question of the safety of the girl child has surfaced again.

Screengrab from CNN-IBN

Amartya Sen, in his famous essay 'More Than 100 Million Women Are Missing' observes that 'Economic development does not invariably reduce women's disadvantages in mortality.'

The Census of 2012 records the child sex ratio (0-6 years) at 914/1000, which is the lowest ratio since Independence.

The Government has formed the Pre-natal Diagnostic Techniques (Regulation and Prevention of Misuse) Act, 1994 which was brought into operation from January 1, 1996 with an objective to check female feticide.

But the significant drop in the child sex ratio has clearly shown that the act has failed in its objective.

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