Tuesday, 1 July 2008

India baby girl deaths 'increase'

The number of girls born and surviving in India has hit an all time low compared to boys. ActionAid suggested the increasing use of ultrasound technology may be a factor in the trend.
The document says that Indian woman are put under intense pressure to produce sons, in a culture that predominantly views girls as a burden rather than an asset.
It says many families now use ultrasound scans and abort female foetuses, despite the existence of the 1994 law banning abortion of girls because of this.

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