Sex Bias Kills 240,000 In­fant Girls in In­dia Yearly

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NEW DELHI (Dis­patches) - Al­most a quar­ter-of-a-mil­lion girls younger than five die in In­dia every year due to ne­glect re­sult­ing from so­ci­ety’s pref­er­ence for sons, a gen­der dis­crim­i­na­tion study found on Tues­day.

This was over and above those aborted sim­ply for be­ing fe­male, re­searchers wrote in The Lancet med­i­cal jour­nal.

“Gen­der-based dis­crim­i­na­tion to­wards girls doesn’t sim­ply pre­vent them from be­ing born, it may also pre­cip­i­tate the death of those who are born,” said study co-au­thor Christophe Guil­moto of the Paris Descartes Univer­sity.

“Gen­der equity is not only about rights to ed­u­ca­tion, em­ploy­ment or po­lit­i­cal rep­re­sen­ta­tion, it is also about care, vac­ci­na­tion, and nu­tri­tion of girls, and ul­ti­mately sur­vival.”

Guil­moto and a team used pop­u­la­tion data from 46 coun­tries to cal­cu­late how many in­fant girls would have died in a so­ci­ety where there was no dis­crim­i­na­tion im­pact, and how many died in re­al­ity.

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