In a massive support to the initiative, scores of Bangaloreans took part in a marathon to fight female foeticide on Wednesday.
The marathon was organized by the city's Institute of Finance and International Management (IFIM) in association with Cry, a local non-governmental organisation.
AdvertisementDr Sharan Patil, chairman of the city's Sparsh Hospital and the chief guest at the event, was pleased that the youths had taken up such a serious cause.
"It is commendable that the youngsters are getting involved in such serious causes like Save the Girl Child. It is a great sign for this country that the youngsters are getting involved in these kinds of activities. It has got great significance and this event will become a movement with time and it should be encouraged. I am glad you are all covering this event so extensively and it will go a long way in propagating the Save the Girl Child concept and it will take it to the next level," said Patil.
India enacted a law in 1996 to prevent the use of scanning for prenatal sex determination and selective abortion of girls.
Despite these laws, the 2011 census indicated that efforts to curb female foeticide have been futile.
While India's overall female-to-male ratio has marginally improved since the last census in 2001, fewer girls were born than boys and the number of girls under six years old plummeted for the fifth decade running.
The 2011 census recorded a child sex ratio of 914 girls to every 1,000 boys, compared to 927 in the previous decade.
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