Congress, NCP trying to score brownie points off each other. The alarmingly declining child sex ratio in Maharashtra has energised campaigns to save the girl child, with both the Congress party and its ally Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) trying to score brownie points off each other on the issue. According to Census 2011, the sex ratio in the State is higher in rural areas at 948 females per 1,000 males as compared to urban area where it is 899. In 1991, 2001 and 2011, the child sex ratio in rural areas fell from 953 to 916 to 880 respectively. In the same period, it fell from 934 to 908 to 888 respectively in urban areas.