Recent figures in India’s 2011 Census reveal a serious decline in the number of female children aged 0-6 years old. BBC News reports that this shows how little females are valued in a lot of India’s states.
Traditionally, Indian parents prefer to have boys rather than girls due to the country’s dowry practice, which involves the payment in cash or in kind by the bride’s family to the groom’s, along with giving her away in marriage. Although illegal, it is still very common in India.
And because of the increased availability of ultrasound services and abortion procedures in the country, even the national government has found it difficult to put an end to female foeticide. Although gender-selective abortion has been outlawed, Delhi’s census chief says that strict implementation still has to be done by the government itself.
The overall ratio of female to male children have worsened since 1961, making it one of the worst in the world after China.