This Article is From Mar 28, 2012

Newborn girl's body found in dustbin

Newborn girl's body found in dustbin
Jaipur: The body of a newborn girl was found in a dustbin in Jaipur on Tuesday, bringing to fore the plight of the girl child in a state that suffers from a skewed sex ratio.

Police found the body wrapped in a piece of cloth in Shashtri Nagar area. "We got a call from a resident. Dogs were dragging it out from the bin. It seems the body was dumped at least three days ago," informed a police official.

Rajasthan has been in the news due to increasing cases of female foeticide and infanticide. Poverty, ignorance about family planning and high dowry has been reported as the possible causes for this crime.

According to Census 2011, Rajasthan has 883 girls in the ages of 0-6 for every 1,000 boys. The child sex ratio in 2001 was 909.

Alarmed over the distorted sex ratio, the state government recently announced steps to curb pre-natal sex determination tests at ultrasound clinics.

The steps include increasing the number of health department inspection teams and equipping them with devices like hidden cameras and voice recorders.

The government has also announced Rs 1 lakh to a person who complains about errant ultrasound clinics.