Though the state is progressing in terms of economic growth, it is known to have the lowest sex ratio in the country.
To tackle this issue and create awareness among students at a young age, the Krantijyoti Savitribai Phule Women's Studies Centre (KSPWSC) of University of Pune (UoP) would be gathering students from five colleges across the state -- Fergusson, St Mira's, CT Bora College in Shirur, TC College in Baramati and New Arts
College in Nagpur -- and enlighten them about the issue in a daylong convention called Yuvak Yuvati Melava, on January 11.
Grave issue: Beed recorded the worst figures this year, where there
were 801 girls to 1,00 boys
As part of their syllabus, the undergraduate students of KSPWSC have worked on the theme of child sex ratio by conducting surveys, research projects and preparing audio-visual materials. "We will release information manuals at the convention after which we will also visit several schools in the city and gram panchayats. Theses manuals will be distributed among teachers and students so that it is discussed in the classrooms," said KSPWSC lecturer and organiser, Anagha Tambe.
According to the official figures of child sex ratio in the state, there has been a decrease of 3.29 per cent of girl children, below the age of six sicne last decade. In 2001, there were 913 girls per 1000 boys, while the number of the fairer sex dwindeled 30 per cent to 883 during this year's census.
Of the the 35 districts in the state, Beed recorded the worst numbers, as it witnessed a drop of 93 girls since last decade. Figures showed that in 2001 there were 894 girls against 801 in 2011. Pune district, however, witnessed a fall of 29 girls as compared to 902 girls in 2001.
About 95 per cent of districts in the state have witnessed further decline in sex ratio. Barring Sangli and Chandrapur, 33 districts including Latur, Ahmadnagar, Nashik, Parbhani, Hingoli, Jalna and Buldana, witnessed a massive decline in the last decade. Only Ratnagiri tops in the state with 1,123 female per 1,000 males.
Seeking a solution
"The steady decline in sex ratio in these regions looks disturbing. The solution to maintaining the ratio lies in targeting students at a tender age and sensitising them about the issue at a grassroots level," added Tambe.