India may have developed new technology which overcomes the problem of expense and allows hundreds of millions of Indians in remote rural areas to connect to the internet. It may also soon make Indians the biggest single internet user population in the world.
The latest figures show that India’s child sex ratio is getting even worse. The normal ratio for children between 0 and 6 is about 950 girls to 1000 boys. However, early returns for the 2011 census show that the number of girls to 1,000 boys has shrunk to 914 girls to every 1000 boys, down from 927 in 2001.
Just backing up a post by Marcus Roberts the other day, the Canadian Medical Association Journal has just published an article which claims that it will be decades before the natural sex-ratio is restored in parts of India, China and South Korea because of sex-selective abortion and son preference.
It has taken 20 years,
but gendercide has finally made the front page of The Economist. Back in 1990,
Nobel Prize winning economist Amartya Sen wrote an astonishing article in the New York Review of Books
claiming that 100 million girls had been aborted because of son-preference.
This was happening mostly in China and India, but also in other Asian
New data from the UN tells us that if infants make it beyond the first year of
life, their chance of survival to age five becomes even more difficult:
the mortality rates for those under five are generally higher - but only in certain countries.
A badly skewed sex ratio in the Indian capital, Delhi, has suddenlycorrected itself, according to official figures. In the period from2005 to 2007, only 871 girls were born in Delhi for every 1000 boys,but last year the ratio had changed to 1004 girls per 1000 boys, theRegistrar Generals records show.