India's 2011 Census reveals a serious problem: a big decline in the number of girls younger than 7 years old, a sign that the practice of aborting female fetuses may be on the rise.
According to a report by the BBC, activists think that as many as 8 million female fetuses were aborted over the last 10 years. The only country where the numbers are worse, researchers say, is China, where a "one-child" policy plus a preference for male children has resulted in 250 million fewer births since 1979 and led to a marriage crisis, with 24 million more males than females by 2010, an imbalance attributed to sex-selective abortion.
The BBC talked to Rekha, the mother of a 3-year-old daughter who lives in the lower middle-class Sagarpur neighborhood in Delhi. Last September, when an ultrasound showed that she was pregnant with twin girls, her mother-in-law forced her to have an abortion.
"I said there's no difference between girls and boys. But here they think differently," she told the BBC inRead More »from Census shows fewer girls being born in India due to sex-selective abortion