Udupi, March 10: Deputy Commissioner P Hemalatha said on Saturday that although the adult sex ratio in the district was in favour of women, the child sex ratio favoured the boys.
She was speaking at the International Women’s Day celebrations, organised by Udupi Taluk Mahila Mandaligala Okkoota, District Legal Services Authority and Lions and Lioness clubs of Malpe, at Rajanagana here.
Hemalatha said that it was generally believed that women in Udupi district were better off when compared to women in other districts. This might be because of the matrilineal system being followed by some communities and the education. “The district has 1,130 women for every 1,000 men,” she said.
However, a study has revealed that the sex ratio of children up to six years of age was about 930 to 950 girls for every 1,000 boys. “This is a matter of grave concern and the reason for this status needs to be investigated,” she added.
Another matter of concern was the increasing dominance and acceptance of masculine traits such as aggressiveness among women. It was essential for women to preserve feminine traits such as co-operation and caring. Stating that the world had realised the importance of these traits, Hemalatha called upon the women to give a serious thought to this aspect.
President of the okkoota Sheela Shetty welcomed the gathering. Sugunendra Tirtha Swamiji of Puttige Math inaugurated the celebrations. First Additional Civil Judge (Junior Division) K Kathyayini, secretary of the okkoota Vasantirao Koradkal, president of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s Mahila Morcha Shyamala Kundar, president of the women’s wing of Janata Dal (S) Gitanjali Suvarna, Congress leader Jayasri Krishnaraj and district Lioness co-ordinator Sapna Suresh were among those present.