Tackling India’s 'bare branches'

More research is needed to explore ways in which the crisis stemming from female adverse sex ratios and a surplus of bachelors can be handled and diffused.

Both China and India have recently been in the global eye for their adverse sex ratios. China’s one-child policy has landed it in dire straits with almost 19 extra boys for every girl with the future implication that there would be close to 30 million excess males by 2020. India is in somewhat better shape with around 13 extra boys per girl. While India’s overall figure of excess males in the marriage market would not be quite as worrisome as China’s, the concentration of these males in the North and northwestern regions of India raises similar concerns. Thus in 2011, in the states of Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan, 76% of males between the ages of 20 and 24 were unmarried in comparison with 34% unmarried females (Census 2011 figures).
As is well known, these states of India (including Gujarat) have long histories of daughter elimination result ing in skewed sex ratios in the region. In the old days, this was achieved by practicing female infanticide or fatally neglecting girl children. The preference for male children ensured that missing girls were not a cause for concern to most families and to society at large. Although the Sikh religion banned the practice of ‘kudi-maar’ (daughter killing) as far back as the time of the first Guru, Nanak, the ban did not have much effect and the practice continued unabated.

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