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Sunday, April 1, 2007

'Female foeticide may cause terrorism'

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/NEWS/Cities/Patna/Female_foeticide_may_cause_terrorism/RssArticleShow/articleshow/1830413.cms
Is there any relationship between female foeticide and terrorism? This question may sound absurd, but renowned population scientist Ashish Bose believes that the ever-increasing female foeticide in different states of India would ultimately lead to terrorism. If the youths are jobless and find no women to marry, they are likely to turn terrorist, he says. Addressing the students and faculty members of Patna University (PU) at Patna Science College geology auditorium here on Thursday, Bose, who had coined the popular term BIMARU states (for Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Orissa) in the 1980s, has recently coined a new term, DEMARU, for Daughter Eliminating Male Aspiring Rage for Ultrasound which has become quite prevalent nowadays in the states of Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Western Uttar Pradesh. Even the existing laws against female foeticide fail to deter the educated people of these states from indulging in this unethical and criminal activity. Bose, who happens to be a member of the National Population Commission, spoke at length about the state of health, rapid rise in population and under-development in such BIMARU states as Bihar and Jharkhand against the background of national scenario. He expressed his deep concern over the prevailing scenario and the slow process of population stabilisation in the region. He cautioned the intelligentsia against the unbridled pace of population increase and while suggesting ways for controlling population growth, he argued that both the government and civil societies would have to strive harder than ever before to save the region from demographic disaster. Earlier, inaugurating the lecture series organised by the Population Research Centre of Patna University, vice chancellor Y C Simhadri observed that among all the states in the country, Bihar recorded the fastest rate of increase in population during the last census decade (1991-2001) adding about 18 million people to India's total population (which is equal to the population of Australia). prevailing scenario of high fertility combined with the heavy burden of disease in the state are attributed to under-development, bad governance and low levels of social investment in health and education, Simhadri added. At the outset, centre director Akhileshwar Prasad welcomed the guests. Additional director J P Singh proposed a vote of thanks.

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