The status of the girl child is particularly bad in four districts, namely Nayagarh, Dhenkanal, Angul and Ganjam. The child sex ratios in these four districts are 851, 870, 884 and 899 respectively, as per the 2011 census. The child sex ratio in five districts had declined by 40 to 50 points and even tribal districts like Sundargarh, Kalahandi, Rayagada, Koraput have registered an alarming decline of child sex ratio ranging from 37 points in Sundargarh to 23 points in Koraput district, as per the census 2001 and 2011 data.
Speaking on the occasion, Health and Family Welfare Minister Damodar Rout called for a massive awareness campaign to eradicate this social evil. "This is a social issue and no government or law can put an end to it unless there is a change in the mindset of the people," he said. But he assured that the Government, on its part, would take stringent action against those who violate the PCPNDT Act.
As many as 27 cases have been registered under the Act in the state so far, of which ten cases are being heard by the courts.
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