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How a small tracking device installed in sonography machine changed Indore's sex ratio

Indore: ‘Laadli', a tracking device has come to the rescue of thousands of girl children who would have otherwise lost their lives before opening eyes in the world. The device is known to be resulting

Rakesh Jha [ Updated: March 11, 2015 12:30 IST ]
how a small tracking device installed in sonography machine
how a small tracking device installed in sonography machine changed indore s sex ratio

Indore: ‘Laadli', a tracking device has come to the rescue of thousands of girl children who would have otherwise lost their lives before opening eyes in the world. The device is known to be resulting in a gradual change in the demographics of Indore.

According to  the Woman and Child Welfare Department's report, the ratio of girls to boys in the last three months of 2014 was 1100 to 1000 which indicates that the number of female child births is slowly surpassing the male child birth in the district.

This development is attributed to ‘Laadli' - a silent tracking device which is installed with the sonography machine.

The device enables online monitoring of the sonography machines helping government authorities to detect cases of female foeticide.

The decision to get the device installed was taken by the administration after a series of malpractices were reported in the city and nearby areas.The information about the same was collected by the Anganwadi workers who toiled hard to cover the district's 17 lakh population. When this was compared to the last year's annual health survey, the district administration witnessed a huge improvement in sex ratio of the annual health survey of 2014 .

In earlier surveys of 2012 and 2013, the district witnessed a  sex ratio of 871 girls over every 1000 boys in both the years which is lower than the national average of 940 girls per 1000 boys, as per the census 2011.

Akash Tripathi, District collector of Indore said, “In the last two years, sex ratio has improved, it's a positive trend”.

The states of South India have the best sex ratio of females and males. Leading the pack is Kerala with 1084 females per 1000 males. It has the highest sex ratio according to 2011 Census of India while the state of Haryana has the lowest sex ratio of 877 females per 1000 males.

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