Where My Girls At?

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Associated Press

A report, released today by UNICEF, says an astounding 7,000 girls go unborn in India each day.

The abortion of female fetuses is being blamed for what is a clear gender-ratio imbalance: today roughly 800 girls are born for every 1,000 boys.

According to the Associated Press, “The spread of ultrasound technology allowing parents to find out the gender of their unborn children has resulted in the large-scale ‘disappearance’ of girls here. One study released earlier this year estimated that 10 million fewer girls were born here than expected in the past 20 years.”

The UNICEF report considers the social implications of these figures, suggesting young girls might be forced to drop out of school and marry earlier.

December 18, 2006
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