Problem

Female infanticide

Other Names:
Killing of female infants
Institutionalized murder of female babies
Gynecide
Female foeticide
Nature:
Female foeticide taken together with large scale female infanticide, is a species of genocide that might be termed "gynecide".
Incidence:
In 1993, for one village in India it was estimated that four girls in ten were killed at birth. Social workers are reported as attempting to "bribe" parents not to kill their female children by offering them consumer and other goods. Female foeticide is a lucrative practice for medical doctors.

Selective murder of female babies has been practised in China for centuries. Since the 1990s and the wide availability of ultrasound equipment in China, female infanticide may have expanded. In 2003, so many female foetuses are aborted that one-sixth more boys are born in China than girls.

Related Problems:
Shortage of marriageable women
Reduced By:
Gender abortions
Values:
Killing
Murder
Problem Type:
F: Fuzzy exceptional problems
Date of last update
24.08.2003 – 00:00 CEST