Explaining India’s Deficit of Girls : online discussion at PRB Thursday 6/11 at 1 pm

arrow right Updated: Transcript available at : http://discuss.prb.org/content/interview/detail/3485/

Population Reference Bureau PRB Discuss.

Chat online with Leela Visaria, researcher and president of the Asian Population Association, on the Asian countries imbalance of genders and the implications for the future.  June 11, 2009, 1 pm EDT.

India, along with China and several other countries, has a history of neglect for girls and women that produced lower female survival rates and an imbalanced ratio of males to females.

In recent years, male-to-female sex ratios at birth and among children in India have increased much more than can be explained solely by discrimination against girls. There is evidence that technologies like portable sonogram machines have made it easy to detect sex of a fetus, enabling families to abort a female fetus if they do not want a(nother) daughter. In spite of a ban on sex-detection tests and sex-selective abortion, the practice has continued, raising questions about the value and rights of women in this society.

Join Leela Visaria, researcher and president of the Asian Population Association, as she answers your questions about the issues surrounding the status of women and the imbalanced ratio of males to females in India.

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