Female Foeticide


Female foeticide in India is female foetus abortion outside the purview of legal channels. In India, it has been occurring for centuries in many areas for supposed cultural reasons. The female foeticide frequency in the country is presumed to be a projection derived from the high birth sex ratio (the ratio of boys to girls at birth). The natural sex ratio is estimated to be lying between 103 and 107 and any number above this is deemed as indicative of female foeticide. As per the Census in India which takes place every ten years, the sex ratio for age group 0 – 6 years has increased from 102.4 males per 100 females in the year 1961, to 104.2 in the year 1980, to 107.5 in 2001 and in 2011 to 108.9.