Trends in selective abortions of girls in India:

Author: UNFPA


India’s 2011 census revealed a growing imbalance between the numbers of girls and boys aged 0–6 years, which we postulate is due to increased prenatal sex determination with subsequent selective abortion of female fetuses. We aimed to establish the trends in sex ratio by birth order from 1990 to 2005 with three nationally representative surveys and to quantify the totals of selective abortions of girls with census cohort data.