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The figures tell an old and cruel story: the systematic elimination of girls in India. In the 2001 census, the sex ratio — the number of girls to every 1,000 boys — was 927 in the 0-6 age group. Preliminary data from the 2011 census show that the imbalance has worsened, to 914 girls for every 1,000 boys.
The Indian government has come under severe criticism in a UN-sponsored study for losing its focus on broader sexual and reproductive health of women while attempting to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
"The Eleventh Five Year Plan (2007-12) in its 27 National Targets has a target on reduction of anaemia amongst women and girls, which has a direct bearing on maternal health and maternal mortality.
A UN committee on the elimination of discrimination against women has begun a review of the situation of women in India and seven other countries. During its 19-day session, India will be reviewed on an exceptional basis, with the committee considering the country's follow-up report on the impact of the 2002 Gujarat massacres on women, the rld body said.
India has made remarkable progress in taking ahead women's political participation at the local level, an official from the UN body on gender empowerment said here on Saturday.
Despite several amendments in criminal law, women in India continue to suffer, endure denial of constitutional rights and fall prey to the rampant sexual violence in the country, a United Nations rapporteur has said.
UN Special Rapporteur, Rashida Manjoo maintained that mediation and compensation measures are often used to address cases of violence against women, thus violating their fundamental rights.
The picturesque northeastern state of Manipur known for living with violence and unrest was once again in the news these last few months. The proposed visit of the Naga nationalist leader Thuingaleng Muivah to his home in the Ukhrul district of Manipur after four decades in early May this year was strongly opposed by the state government.
India has underlined the need for the UN to prioritise its goals on gender equality and empowerment of women so as to prevent efforts becoming diffused at a key meeting of the world body. “Unless there is effective prioritisation, efforts will get diffused,” Hardeep Singh Puri, India's ambassador to the UN said.
India has rebuffed accusations by a U.N. investigator that sex crimes are rife in the world's biggest democracy, calling her analysis "simplistic" and full of "sweeping generalizations".
India's large northern state of Uttar Pradesh has seen a wave of violence and sex crimes, including the rape and murder of two girls aged 12 and 14, which stirred national outrage.
Advocating greater participation of women in the areas of conflict prevention, peace negotiations, peace keeping and post conflict reconstruction, India wants UN organs to do more against sexual violence.
Millions of Indians are now selecting the men and women who will run the country. Over the next five years, the decisions and opinions of these elected leaders will be instrumental in shaping India's stand on gender equality — from women's participation in politics or the economy, to the passing of the women's reservation Bill or even the manner in which businesses prioritise gender equality.
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