Batting legend Sachin Tendulkar has posted a selfie with daughter Sara on Facebook as part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s #SelfieWithDaughter initiative. Sachin who is holidaying with his family in Europe posted the picture which has been liked by more than 60,000 people. The PM, during his radio show, Maan Ki Baat (On My Mind) on June 28, launched the hashtag #SelfieWithDaughter, to draw attention to India’s plummeting sex ratio.
But the scenario for the future is grim because India’s declining child sex-ratio indicates that girls are increasingly being aborted, killed or otherwise dying.
The overall sex ratio in 1921 was 955 women per 1,000 men, declining to 946 in 1951 and to 943 today. The child sex-ratio was 983 girls per 1,000 boys in 1951, declining to 918 in 2011, the lowest in the seven decades since it was counted.
The rate of decline has worsened in the years during which the overall sex ratio began to improve. This corresponds to the decades following 1981, offering evidence of sex-determination tests, selective abortion and female infanticide.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, chef Sanjeev Kapoor, Smriti Irani and many more shared selfies with their daughters on Twitter.