In India fewer girls than boys are born. In a study published this week, researchers have looked at data on female fertility from an ongoing Indian national survey of 6 million people, living in over a million households.
They found that the sex of the previous child born affects the sex ratio of the current birth, with fewer females born as second or third children to families who are as yet to have a boy. Based on the national sex ratio from other countries, the researchers estimates that over the last 20 years around 10 million females are ‘missing’.
Jenni talks to Prabhat Jha, Professor of Health and Development at the University of Toronto about the study’s findings and why they have concluded that pre-natal sex determination and selective aborting is to blame. Veena Nayyar, from Women’s Political Watch in Delhi joins the discussion to talk about why sex selection abortions are still taking place in India, despite being outlawed in 1994 and the long-term social and economic impact.
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