The graphic, based on a study published in ‘The Lancet’, enumerates a 14-year trend in the way females are selected against at birth in India. When families had a boy, they did not really care about the gender of their next child. If, however, the firstborn was a girl, there were far fewer female siblings born per 1,000 males than was natural. Moreover, higher education and income levels among families corresponded paradoxically to greater female infant deaths, attributable, according to researchers, only to pre-natal diagnostic technologies.
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Graphic by Sandeep Bhatnagar/Mint