CHANDIGARH: Punjab, already maligned for its disturbing skewed sex ratio, has become the third biggest state — ahead of its neighbour, Haryana — in reporting foeticide as the rising crime trend. According to the data released by the National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB), the state reported 15 cases in 2011, just behind Madhya Pradesh (38) and Chattisgarh (21).
In the overall incidence and rate of crime against children, Punjab, however, ranks 13. There were 622 cases against children reported in the same year.
Among those, kidnapping and abduction topped the list with 349 cases followed by 22 cases of abandonment of children.
Social activists and non-governmental organisations have been raised a huge alarm over female foeticide cases in Punjab that often go unreported.
Often, they have demanded that homicide cases be filed against those involved in female foeticide.
According to the latest census, the sex ratio in Punjab rose marginally from 886 to 893.
As recent as March this year, a senior Punjab minister Bibi Jagir Kaur was sent to jail after she was convicted and sentenced to 5 years’ imprisonment by a CBI court for conspiring in forcible abortion and abduction.
Haryana reported five cases of foeticide and 144 cases of kidnapping and abduction in 2011. There were 170 cases of foeticide reported in India in 2011 and only 70 people have been chargesheeted so far.