Submitted by Editor on Sun, 2016-02-07 21:56 Mangaluru: Kripa Amar Alva, Chairperson, Karnataka State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (KSCPCR), said the sex ratio in Karnataka – 911 females against 1000 males - was one of the lowest in the country. Addressing a conference, organised as part of the National Bunt Conference at Town Hall in the city, she said women among Bunts were slightly better placed when compared with others. “But there are not many opportunities for women in Bunts community also. Men should not hesitate to provide equal opportunity to women in all fields,” she said. Expressed concern over the problem of female infanticide in the country, Kripa Kumar Alva said the abominable practice was prevalent more in urban areas than rural areas. “Earlier, female infanticide was more prevalent in rural areas. But awareness among people has brought the practice down when compared with urban areas. Parents should not discriminate children on the lines of gender,” she said. Puttur MLA Shakunthala Shetty lamented at how the self-confidence of a girl is destroyed by elders in the family. “Having self-confidence is the only tool which will help in unlocking the potential of a girl. However, elders in the family demoralise the girl on the pretext of culture and tradition,” said the MLA.