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A BJP leader in Rajya Sabha today introduced a new slogan, "one boy, two girls" to improve the skewed sex ratio in the cou
China's skewed sex ratio, where men have outnumbered women by millions in the last three decades, could create serious soc
More married women in comparison to unmarried women go out for work in the country and such working ladies seem to prefer
Search engines like Google, Yahoo and Microsoft were today asked to "delete" within 36 hours the advertisements, hosted by
The sex ratio in Gujarat has come down to 919 in 2011 from 920 in 2001 as against significant increase of 10 points in the
Expressing concern over low sex ratio in Bihar, state government today told the Assembly that 200 FIRs were registered las
The sex ratio in the country has shown a growth from 933 females in 2001 to 943 in 2011 for every 1,000 males, the governm
Union minister Maneka Gandhi today suggested said that sex determination test should be made compulsory to track women pre
Infamous for skewed sex ratio, Haryana has seen improvement in it with the number of girls crossing 900 mark for December
Sikhs and Jains have the worst sex ratio in the country while Christians have the best with 958 girls against 1,000 boys,
Photo courtesy Sulabh International
The Telegraph reports on the saddest stink in the world:
India is at the top of an unenviable heap that may invite involuntary sniggers but carries with it the seeds of an inexcusable tragedy.
A global report has put the number of Indians who defaecate in the open at 665 million — more than half of the 1.2 billion people estimated to have followed the practice worldwide in 2006.
A related piece of statistics brings out the magnitude of the fallout: India also accounts for the highest number of child deaths from diarrhoea. Over 386,000 children — out of the 1.5 million worldwide — who die annually from the infection are from the country, according to a report released by Unicef and the WHO on Wednesday.
Apart from other methods to propagate awareness, as Rhys Blakely in Mumbai reported in the Times, London some months back, is the campaign that is the headline of this post:
The slogan - often lengthened in Hindi to “If you don't have a proper lavatory in your house, don't even think about marrying my daughter” - has been plastered across villages in the region as part of a drive to boost the number of pukka facilities. In a country where more households have TV sets than lavatories, it is one of the most successful efforts to combat the chronic shortage of proper plumbing.
That is probably partly because of the country's skewed sex ratio, with 8 per cent more men than women, leading to a “bride shortage”. Woman generally have also become more vocal in their resentment at having to relieve themselves outside, giving brides more leverage in premarital bargaining.
(Link in separate emails via Shyamal Ghosh and Aparna Kohli)
Many of the Indian Private Banks seem to have somehow known this already, and as the global financial crisis worsens, the British banks are coming round to the view that the problem might be the sex-ratio in bank board-rooms. The Washington Post reports:
... "Clearly, something needs to change," said Howard Archer, chief European and U.K. economist at IHS Global Insight in London. "You can argue that the men have made a right mess of it, and now the ladies should have a go."
..."There are quite a lot of alpha males with testosterone steaming out their ears," said Stuart Fraser, one of London's top financial sector officials.
..."Maybe if we had some more women in the boardrooms, we may not have seen as much risk-taking behavior," said Hazel Blears, one of two female members of Prime Minister Gordon Brown's cabinet who weighed in on the gender debate here this week.