National Youth: Day Youngsters unite against sex selection


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Jan 12, 2012

STAFF REPORTER Mumbai

In a bid to spread awareness against the practice of female foeticide in the city, the Forum against Sex Selection ( FASS) has collaborated with over sixty NGOs to organise ‘Tumchya amchya Lekin Sathee’- a Gender Equality initiative, activists said.

National Youth Day on Thursday will see a melange of students, social activists and theatre personalities sharing the platform at Chetana Management College in Bandra to creatively spread awareness about the glaring sex ratio deficit with shortfilms and street plays.

FASS in collaboration with Mumbai University. National Social Service ( NSS) and Chetana College is organising the event on January 12 at 11 am at Chetana College, Bandra East, Mumbai. ” The theme of Tumchya Aamchya Lekin Sathee is Gender Equality and it will focus on sex selection. It is aimed at reaching out to students and youth and mainly to raise awareness on gender issues. There is free entry is for all students and others interested in knowing more about gender issues and wrath of female foeticide,” informed Nita Shirali of Population First, an NGO working on gender issues.

The highlight of the event will be interactive sessions of film actor Rahul Bose and theatre personality Manjul Bharadwaj with students on gender issues, sex selection and sex- selective abortion.

In 2000, the sex ratio was 922 girls per 1000 boys in Mumbai, which has declined by five percent in the last ten years to currently 874 girls per 1000 boys.

NGOs attribute this glaring reduce in number of girl children being born to illegal sex selection practices the concerns regarding which will be addressed at the event on Thursday.

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