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Child sex ratio dips further, Southwest district worst hit

The Capital’s child sex ratio (between 0-6 years of age) has registered a marginal dip since the last Census conducted in 2001, a report on the Capital’s Provisional Population Counts, released by the Directorate of Census Operations on Monday, revealed.

In 2001, Delhi’s child sex ratio stood at 868 girls per 1,000 boys; in 2011, the number of girls has fallen to 866. The ratio is also alarmingly lower than the national average of 914 girls per 1,000 boys. “While the situation has not appreciably worsened in this regard, much more effort is needed to bring the child sex ratio in Delhi at par with the national figure of 914,” the Census report states. Incidentally, the child sex ratio has dipped at the national level as well — from 921 in 2001 to 914 in 2011.

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