Essay on India Skewed Sex Ration

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Background Companies such as GE and Wipro have discovered huge market demand for ultrasounds in south Asia. This may seem like harmless discovery but the use of ultrasound in countries such as India and China have caused a large discrepancies in the birth rates of males and females. In these countries ultrasounds are being used in sex selective abortions. Their use has amplified the social issue of female inequality to the extent that females are being killed off before they can be born. In 1901 in India there was 972 women for every 1,000 man, fast-forward to 2001 there was an estimated 933 women for every 1,000 man (unfpa.org). As this trend continues these countries are finding themselves in a dangerous social …show more content…
This mentality is a direct effect of the dowry system that is practiced in many of the South Asian countries. Although it is illegal in most of these countries, the laws are openly violated. The article “The Dowry System in Northern India: Women’s attitudes and social change,” by Srinivasan P., explains that in India the dowry system has become more widespread and the value of dowries are increasing, despite the increased participation of women in the workforce and political arena. This system literally make having a daughter a financial burden, so any many families mind, especially poor families, it is cheaper to just abort the female fetus. Abortion laws also play a large role in the plummeting sex ratio. In countries such as Bangladesh and Pakistan have stricter laws on abortion, are not facing the same population crisis as India and China who both have very lax laws on abortion, as explained in the publication ‘And they kill me, only because I’m a girl,’ by Abrejo F. In India the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act of 1971, significantly liberalized abortion laws in the country. This may seem very liberating for women, giving them the ability to choose, but with the inequality women face it has become a death sentence for unborn girls. India has taken legislative action to help resolve the population crisis, but they have found the laws to be very difficult to enforce. In 1994 the Prenatal Diagnostics

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