Husbands, not mothers-in-law, might be behind son preference in India
While stated preference for sons has been coming down, women without any son are more likely to plan further pregnancies compared to women without any daughter
The number of girls being born compared to the number of boys, i.e. the sex ratio at birth, has been falling in recent years in India, suggesting that the overall gender imbalance in the country is likely to worsen in the years ahead. India ranks 188th out of 191 countries in terms of gender-imbalance at birth, which could in large be part attributed to sex-selective abortion owing to continued preference for sons.