Thursday, March 31, 2011

Female infanticide continues in the 1.2-billion strong India

According to the latest census, the Indian population is 1.2-billion strong and is set to take over China as the world’s most populous country by 2030. Since 2001, India’s population has grown by 181 million, which is approximately the same population as that of Pakistan.

Despite the growth in population, the preference for a male child, and the resulting female infanticide, in India has resulted in a demographic imbalance in the Indian society where 914 girls were born for every 1000 boys. This ratio has continued to deteriorate over the years (see the graph) suggesting that significant increase in literacy and media awareness has not been able to reverse the tide of female infanticide.

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