India Is Bearing More Girls, Narrowing Gender Imbalance

India’s gender imbalance at birth has narrowed in the decade since 2011, according to a Pew Research Center analysis, with rising numbers of girl births undermining a long-held preference for boys in Indian culture.

Since the 1980s, the country has experienced “daughter aversion,” gender experts said, as the use of prenatal ultrasounds combined with sex-selective abortions resulted in a birth ratio that was heavily biased toward boys. According to the Indian census conducted this year, 111 boys were born in 2011 for every 100 girls born. The natural ratio is slightly skewed in favor of men, with 100 girls being born to 105 boys. India Is Bearing More Girls, Narrowing Gender Imbalance

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