From today’s Chicago Tribune:
BADHOCHHI KALAN, India — This is the land of the vanishing girl, where 14 boys and seven girls attend 1st grade, where educational plays warn of a future with no women. A nearby midwife delivers one girl for every five boys.
Villagers do not talk openly about why the number of girls is so low here–how couples use ultrasound tests illegally and then abort female fetuses. But everyone knows the reason….
The village is a typical one in Fatehgarh Sahib district, a focus in India’s fight to stop couples from aborting female fetuses, largely a phenomenon of the elite and educated. In the 2001 census, this district in the northwest state of Punjab had the most skewed sex ratio in the country. For every 1,000 boys younger than 6, there were 754 girls. That was a precipitous drop from 1991, when the census showed 874 girls for every 1,000 boys.
In Badhochhi Kalan in 2001, the ratio was even more disparate, 651 girls for every 1,000 boys. A nearby village had only 440 girls for 1,000 boys, the worst in India….
Sex selection abortions are also epidemic in China. They’re causing quite a few problems for adult women, such as sex-trafficking, rape, and wife sharing.
It’s logical to presume sex selection abortions are also committed in the U.S., even if only among sexist immigrants.
This phenomenon presents many interesting questions….