Unwanted female babies

Other Names:
Daughters as an economic burden
Entrenched cultural fixation on sons
Preference for male children

In India, daughters are considered an economic problem, notably because of the cost of ceremonies and dowry. The admissions to hospital of sick boys far exceeds those of girls, in one hospital by a factor of nine to one. Weak baby girls tend to be left at home to die. Tolerance for girl children had been growing until the last decade, when the availability of pre-natal sex determination techniques increased opportunities of control and female foeticide rather than infanticide. A 1991 survey found that 72% of rural couples and 53% of urban couples in India wanted to have at least 2 sons.

Related Problems:
Restricted family options
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-beingGOAL 4: Quality EducationGOAL 5: Gender EqualityGOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic GrowthGOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions
Problem Type:
F: Fuzzy exceptional problems
Date of last update
04.10.2020 – 22:48 CEST