16 Jul '11, 10am

Rural India's gender imbalance worsens

Rural India's gender imbalance worsens

Rural India has experienced a sharp fall in the in the ratio of female to male children. -- PHOTO: AP NEW DELHI - RURAL India has experienced a sharp fall in the in the ratio of female to male children, new census data shows, indicating that sex-selection technology has reached even the country's remotest areas. According to figures released on Friday, India's villages house just 919 girls for every 1,000 boys under the age of six, reflecting a massive decline from the 2001 ratio showing 934 girls for every 1,000 boys. The data will be seen to confirm fears that villagers are now using cheap and portable ultrasound technology easily available in India's cities in order to carry out illegal sex-selective abortions in favour of the male child. The ratio in urban India, at 902 girls per 1,000 boys, is worse than in the countryside but the drop - from 906 girls in 2001 - is mu...

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