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Want gun? Have girl child : The Pioneer

Of many things that a newborn girl child from Gwalior can bring to her father, this is something really special — a gun license. This is the new mantra of Gwalior District Administration to tackle the skewed sex ratio and higher female foeticide rate in the city.  “I have a certain discretion in giving licenses. This is just an effort to protect the girl child,” Gwalior District Magistrate Parikipandla Narahari told The Pioneer.A 2001 batch officer,originally from Andhra Pradesh, Narahari moved to Gwalior from Singrauli in December last year. He was baffled to see people’s love for guns. “When I moved base from Andhra, I foundpeople in Gwalior — even ones on rickshaws and cycles —bearing arms. The number of pending applications for gun licenses was mind-boggling. It was then that I hit upon this novel idea,” said Narahari. Thirty out of 60 wards of Gwalior have a sex ratio of less than 800 girls per 1,000 boys — as against the national average of 940. According to the 2011 c