The conventional wisdom has held that such anti-female attitudes prevail in rural parts and are therefore linked to poverty. But the 2011 Census report smashed this myth.
It showed that the western states of Maharashtra – which hosts India’s financial capital Mumbai – and Gujarat, which is seen as a model state for economic growth, recorded lower sex ratios than the states of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, two of the country’s poorest states.
There are already rather restrictive laws in place aimed at preventing gender-selective abortion. The statistics seem to indicate that should these laws be loosened and gender-selective abortion become more accessible to those living in poor areas, the gender ratio in India would become even more inequitable, with many, many more girls killed.
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