Why do some of the most prosperous regions of India have an adverse sex ratio for women? Give your arguments.

Published: January 17, 2015

A multitude of social, economic and cultural aspects form the reason for the adverse sex ratio in India. The reasons for the prevalence of this travesty in India aren’t solely economic, which is proven by the fact that many prosperous regions in the country also have an adverse sex ratio.

The hard-set mentality that sons are preferable to daughters is caused by cultural norms in our country that discriminate against the girl child and penalize her and her parents merely because of her gender. Also, persons in prosperous regions have access to resources that people in less developed regions. Even though it is illegal under the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques Act, medical techniques such as amniocentesis and ultrasounds are utilized to medical professionals and others to determine the sex of the baby. Determination of the sex before birth enables people to abort the girl child in instances where they don’t want a girl child. The economic resources and technology easily available to persons in prosperous regions is wrongly utilized by them. The lack of awareness and prevalence of old misconceptions are the main reasons contributing to the adverse sex ratio even in the prosperous regions of India.

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  • Akshaya Kumar Jena
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    The main reason for adverse sex ratio for women in India is our preference for sons on account of our patrilineal-cum-patriarchal family set-up coupled with patrilocal sojourn after the marriage.As for the most prosperous regions of India, the access and affordability to modern methods of safe and non- messy ways of sex selection and abortion facilitates the translation of our traditional son-preference into easy reality giving rise to under-feminisation of sex ratio.

  • Akshaya Kumar Jena
    Reply

    The main reason for adverse sex ratio for women in India is our preference for sons on account of our patrilineal-cum-patriarchal family set-up coupled with patrilocal sojourn after the marriage.As for the most prosperous regions of India, the access and affordability to modern methods of safe and non- messy ways of sex selection and abortion facilitates the translation of our traditional son-preference into easy reality giving rise to under-feminisation of sex ratio.