The government has sealed 78 diagnostic centres, for conducting pre-natal sex determination tests, so far from March in the state, Health Minister Sham Lal Sharma told reporters here.
"Sex determination tests are more prevalent in civilised (urban) areas of the state," he said, adding that effective steps have been taken by the government to curb the practice.
As per Census 2011, the sex-ratio in Jammu and Kashmir has dropped alarmingly to 869 females per 1,000 males from 859:1,000 in 2001.
The health minister said the government is taking all necessary measures to change the negative trend.
"We are also conducting awareness campaigns against female foeticide," he said.