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Gender disparity: need to look beyond ‘female foeticide’

S G Kabra


The latest census figures have re-focused attention on gender disparity in the population. Changes in the female sex ratio in the 0 to 6 year group are cited to substantiate the theory that female foeticide is an added influence on an already skewed sex ratio. Though sex-selective abortion is an undeniable fact of life in India, especially in its urban population, what has not been analysed is how much this practice has added to the gender disparity in the population.

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