Female foeticide a "national shame" to India: PM

16:35, April 21, 2011      

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Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Thursday said it was a "national shame" that the practice of female foeticide was continuing in the country despite women breaking existing barriers to prove their worth in every sphere, reported the Press Trust of India.

"The provisional population totals for Census 2011 have been released recently. While most of the news appears to be good, the falling child sex ratio is an indictment of our social values," he was quoted as saying when inaugurating the Civil Services Day here.

Improving this ratio was not merely a question of stricter compliance with the existing laws but also because India values the girl child, he said.

"Our girls and women have done us proud in classrooms, in boardrooms and on the sports field. They have broken existing barriers to prove their worth in almost every sphere," the Prime Minister said.

The 2011 census in India showed that the gap in ratio between male and female population is widening with the female in a trend of dropping against the male.

Source: Xinhua
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