Tuesday, January 10, 2006

India lost 10 million daughters

According to New Scientist, as many as 10 million female fetuses may have been selectively aborted by their parents over the last 20 years in India where daughters are normally regarded as a liability. From New Scientist:
Their study of 1.1 million households across India reveals that in 1997, far fewer girls were born to couples if their preceding child or children were also female. “There was about a 30% gap in second females following the birth of any earlier females,” Jha told New Scientist...

Based “on conservative assumptions” the gap in births equates to about 0.5 million missing female births a year, says the team. Assuming the practice has been common in the two decades since ultrasound became widely available, this adds up to 10 million missing girls.

10 comments:

Rickie said...

That's sad. I also pity the men in India. In the future, there will not be enough women in India for them to marry.

xXx said...

That's when you should start a prostitution joint there. Business should be booming!

Sir Thomas said...

A recently released Indian movie, "Mathrubhoomi," paints a futuristic scenario of a nation without women. It tells the story of several brothers and their widowed father, whose desperate attempts to find brides for his sons lead to tragedy and bloodshed. When they manage to find one woman, all of them decide to get married to her, and the relationship — apart from being perverted — results in sexual brutality.

http://theseoultimes.com/ST/?url=/ST/db/read.php?idx=697

ericia said...

Not trying to be racist here but this is a good reason not to marry an Indian man especially those from India.

The bride has to pay the groom dowry to marry him. And the price is dependant on the the man's income, profession and qualification.

prakash said...

Dowry system in India has been banned for many years now but it is still practiced by most families.

Sir Thomas said...

It is still practiced widely among Indian families because of the money factor. That is why you see all these cases of female infanticide and their preference for male babies.

Sashi said...

What the story doesn't mention is that besides the deaths of many female fetuses in India, thousands of wives are murdered every year because their dowries are considered insufficiet.

Shy said...

That's totally disgusting. The dowry is the cause of the deaths of females in India.

Correct me if I'm wrong. This dowry system is also practiced by Indians living overseas too right?

Hazel Goh said...

I know of some Indians livin in Singapore and Malaysia practicing the India dowry.

mr black said...

The original dowry in India was supposed to protect the brides but the system was corrupted by man.

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