India has 21 Million unwanted girls and 63 Million missing women!
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Our nation is home to the population over 1.3 billion. The population is growing and will keep growing. Though the government has been promoting ‘two-child’ policy, it’s implementation, especially in rural areas is a herculean task. Given the meta-preference of a son in the Indian community, couples kept having children until they had a son. The amounted to 21 million unwanted girls in our nation.
Though the lives of the women ‘born’ are improving, many in the society still don’t want them. There is a wide gap in the sex ratios between men and women in the villages and rural areas of India.
Additionally, sex-selective abortions led to 63 million missing women in India. Many couples who preferred a boy over a girl, went ahead with sex-selective abortions, which is illegal in India. Doctors and medical staff assist the couples who don’t want a girl child. This practice is rampant in interior and rural parts of the nation.
The revelations came as a part of the Economic Survey released by the Chief Economic Advisor Arvind Subramanian. Besides these disturbing facts, there has been a sense of positivity too. The survey also pointed out towards the decline in the experience of sexual and physical violence by women.