According to a new study by the charity ActionAid, the female-male ratio is worsening in North-West India, with one area in the Punjab only having 300 girls for every 1000 males amongst higher cast families:
“More than 6,000 households in sites across five states in north-western India were interviewed and statistical comparisons were made with national census date. Under “normal” circumstances, there should be about 950 girls for every 1,000 boys, the charity said. But it said that in three of the five sites, that number was below 800. In four of the five sites surveyed, the proportion of girls to boys had declined since a 2001 census, the report said.”
Full report here. It is said that already China is facing an aging population as a result of its one-child policy. Will the same thing happen in India? That the two countries with the largest populations should get old before they get rich is a frightening prospect in economic terms, apart from anything else.
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