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Female foeticide isn't rural India's original sin anymore. The country's urban centres are as cruel, if not more.

Beastly Cityscapes
Beastly Cityscapes
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India's first census this millennium has begun to tell its first stories. The cruellest of them, perhaps, is the tale of the many girl children who've gone missing in the past decade. Unwanted female foetuses, dead, killed. And this is not, as we had thought, just in the country's backward, rural areas, but much more so in our urban centres—in the cities and towns of our most prosperous states.

And this pattern to India's prejudice against the girl child, say experts, is becoming clearer, sharper as detailed data continues to emerge from Census 2001. Released earlier, the provisional census data had already shocked by showing that India at present has only 927 girls for every 1,000 boys in the 0-6 age group, worse than the 945:1,000 ratio of the 1991 census.

More recent data and analysis is now bringing out the fact that, contrary to assumptions, female child 'deficit' is much higher in the urbanised 'progressive' parts of our country; the male-to-female sex ratio for the 0-6 age group being 1,000:903 for urban India and 1,000:934 for its rural counterpart. Also,...
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