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Skewed sex ratio at birth in India.

Authors
  • Seth, Swapan
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of Biosocial Science
Publisher
Cambridge University Press
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2010
Volume
42
Issue
1
Pages
83–97
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1017/S0021932009990253
PMID: 19758486
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Scientists commonly use world average data on sex ratio at birth for India for want of dependable ones. Here an attempt is made to redress the problem to some extent. It is shown that this ratio has been high in India since the 1950s. The ratio has been strikingly high, even prior to the time of inception of prenatal sex identification technologies. The ratio shows a rising trend due to several biological reasons. In addition, it has been rising sharply for a couple of decades due to some socio-medical factors. The natural sex ratio at birth in India is noticeably higher than the world average.

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