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Technology, Affluence Correlate with Increased Female Feticide in India

The latest census data shows that Indians are aborting more female fetuses now than at any other time in India’s history. According to the data, there are now 914 girls for every 1,000 boys under the age of six. Female feticide is not isolated to the poorer classes. Factors for this trend in feticide can be attributed to easier access to ultrasound technology, as well as the reluctance of India’s growing middle class to pay dowries. “…As a family gets wealthier, it is unwilling to part with a share of its property to its daughters,” says Dr. Ranjana Kumari, Director of the Center for Social Research in New Delhi

Implications from IFTF:
According to a recent Canadian Medical Association Journal, this is a phenomenon not only in China and India, but South Korea as well.

The articles says likely consequences are that a lack of opportunity for men to marry and have children, (in a society where starting a family often drives social status and acceptanec) will result in low self-esteem that could make men psychologically vulnerable.

"The researchers noted their ongoing work has found no evidence men are prone to aggression or violence, but their findings suggest most of these men do have low self-esteem and are inclined to depression."

"The team also pointed to potential pluses of sex selection, such as an increase in the proportion of wanted births, and placing a higher value on women as their numbers in society fall."


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