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.