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India: the “Disappearing Daughters” report

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Selective abortion causes severe imbalance of sexes in Indian regions

A new report by the British charity ActionAid indicates that unborn baby girls are being disproportionately aborted in some areas of India, while significant numbers who live until birth are being deliberately neglected and left to die. In one area in the state of Punjab, there are only 300 girls for every 1,000 boys among high cast families, the report claims.

ActionAid joined Canada’s International Development Research Center (IDRC) to produce the Disappearing Daughters report, the BBC says. After interviewing more than 6,000 households in sites across five states in northwestern India, researchers found that the proportion of girls to boys was noticeably below the natural rate of 950 girls to every 1,000 boys.

In three of the five study sites, the ratio of girls to boys was under 800 per 1,000.

It’s curious the lack of coverage this girls’ murder have in Western press. But it is more important that what can be considered at first:

Societies that practice sex selection in favor of males (sometimes called son preference or female deselection) are quite common, especially in China, Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, India, Pakistan, New Guinea, and many other developing countries in Asia and North Africa [1][2]; sex selection in favor of females appears to be rare or non-existent, although some legends of Amazons say that they practiced male infanticide. In 2005, 90 million women were estimated to be missing in seven Asian countries alone due, apparently, to prenatal sex selective abortion.[3] [2]

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Written by Claudia

June 30, 2008 at 9:35 pm

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  1. […] Posted by blogfreeworld in society, up-to-date news. trackback I wrote the other day about the influence of selective abortion in India. Thanks to Catholic blog Custos Fidei, I have found more: As the Indian population has grown, the […]


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