Meerut: While we embark on a journey of human progress and prosperity, the ugly side of this socio-economic development is exhibited from the decreasing sex-ratio in some parts of the country.

Western Uttar Pradesh is closer to the national capital and is relatively much more economically developed than most of the other regions of the state. But when it comes to the social parameters like sex-ratio, it puts the entire country to shame.

While we worship female deities, the region has gained notoriety in female foeticide and it has been revealed in the latest Census.

It is astounding that doctors, who ought to be responsible professionals, are in fact playing a significant role in spreading the malaise.

The 2011 census data shows that the sex-ratio in many districts of Western Uttar Pradesh is much lower in comparison to Eastern UP.

A case study of 71 districts of UP positions Bijnor at 23rd place whereas Meerut is placed at the 43rd position with a sex ratio of 885:1000. Gautam Buddha Nagar is ranked lowest for the consecutive second time in this list.

The sex ratio is cause of worry in most of the districts of Western UP. For the age group of 0-6, it is 850:1000 in Meerut, 858:1000 in Muzaffarnagar, 850:1000 in Ghaziabad and 845:1000 in Gautam Buddha Nagar.

Dr Subodh Kumar Tiwari, Chief Medical Officer, Meerut said, “Census data is shocking. Sex ratio is scant where education and development is comparatively high. Efforts are on from our part to curb foeticide.”

“Pre-conception and Pre-natal Diagnostic Techniques (Prohibition of Sex Selection) Act has been in effect, which empowers SDM with special rights to curb foeticide” said the CMO.

The census data reveals that while the situation In the Western UP is grim, some districts in Eastern UP are doing commendable job in curbing the ill practice of female foeticide.