by Rita Banerji
By far, the biggest myth about India’s female genocide is that it is the outcome of illiteracy and poverty.
What most people feel is – if you build schools, educate people, educate girls, and create jobs, then people won’t kill their infant girls or eliminate their daughters through sex selection.
BUT THE FACT IS, THE GROUND REALITY SHOWS THE EXACT REVERSE!
When wealth starts flowing into a household, a community, a village or a state, in India, and along with the economic prosperity come other amenities like schools and clinics, then one sees a simultaneous drop in the ratio of females in that particular household, community, village or state, as the case may be! “Economic success seems to spread son preference to places that were once more neutral about the sex composition of their children,”observes Indian demographer…
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