Female child population declines in Kerala



  •  Thrissur district is under special scrutiny as the child sex ratio showed an unusual dip from 958 in the 2001 census to 950 in 2011 and continued to dip further.

 

The figures are going down further, triggering doubts that illegal female foeticide and sex determination tests are taking place despite legal restrictions. 

In what could be an indication that sex selection and gender determination are taking place in Kerala despite the restrictions in place, child sex ratio is going down in the state in the past six years. The disturbing trend could threaten Kerala’s envious position with a progressive sex ratio.

 

Child sex ratio in respect of 0-6 age population in Kerala is 959 as per 2011. In rural areas, it is 960, whereas in urban areas is 958. Quoting a survey by Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS), Madhyamam reports that the number of girl children is showing in the state in the annual surveys conducted for the ICDS.  The overall sex ratio in the state has gone down by three points (from 964 in 2011 to 961) as per the unofficial documents of the ICDS. The figures are going down further, triggering doubts that illegal female foeticide and sex determination tests are taking place despite legal restrictions.

 

The overall sex ratio in the state has gone down by three points (from 964 in 2011 to 961) as per the unofficial documents of the ICDS.

The central district of Thrissur is under special scrutiny as the child sex ratio showed an unusual dip from 958 in the 2001 census to 950 (the lowest in child sex ratio in the state) in 2011 and continued to dip further.

 

The 2011 census recorded a declining trend in child population as well, showing a negative growth rate of -8.44%. The child population was on the decline in all districts except Malappuram. This trend had raised the curiosity of demographic researchers as it happened despite the state doing well in reducing infant mortality rate (12 deaths in 1000 live births).

 

Though sex ratio was four points higher (964) in 2011 when compared to 2001 (960), the negative decadal change in the sex ration in districts like Thrissur (-8), Idukki (-5) and Alappuzha (-5) had raised concerns.

http://newsable.asianetnews.tv/south/female-child-population-declines-in-kerala

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