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Church Workers Say India Must Enforce Efforts To Curb Female Feticide

NEW DELHI, India (CNS) -- Though church workers have hailed the recent Indian government campaign to curb rampant female feticide, they said real progress will not come without enforcement and changes in attitudes. India's Ministry for Women and Child Development launched the Decade of the Survival of the Girl Child in March to reverse the decline in the number of women. "It is a tragedy that every year half a million girl children are being killed and prevented from being born," said Renuka Chowdhury, federal minister for women and child development. A day later, in its annual budget, the Delhi territorial government announced an incentive to dissuade parents from aborting female fetuses. The Delhi government will deposit 5,000 rupees (US$112) in the name of each female born in New Delhi, and parents can claim the deposit with interest when the girl turns 18 and completes schooling. "These are very positive measures, and we are most happy about it," said Sister Mary Scaria, coordinator of the Justice and Peace Commission of the Delhi Archdiocese. "But the question is how sincere is the government in implementing such declarations," said the nun, a member of the Sisters of Charity of Jesus and Mary.

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