Selective abortion may account for up to 12 million missing girls in India

A new international study has found that selective abortion of girls in India has been increasing, and may account for up to 12 million missing girls over the last three decades.

Led by the Centre for Global Health Research (CGHR), the study examined 250,000 births from the National Family Health Surveys in India over 15 years, focusing on the sex ratios (number of girls born per 1000 boys) for the second child in the family. Researchers found that in households with a daughter as the first child, the sex ratio for the second child dropped to 906 girls for every 1000 boys in 1990 and a mere 836 girls per 1000 boys in 2005. By contrast, sex ratios in households where the first child was a son were not unusual.

The study found that selective abortion of girls is more common in wealthy households, and among women with at least 10 years of education. Furthermore, selective abortions appear to have spread across the country. In 1991, only 10% of the Indian population lived in states where the sex ratios for children under 6 years old were 915 girls per 1000 boys. In 2001, this percentage rose to 27%, and in 2011, it was staggering 56%.

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