By Dr Saraswati Raju
The author is Professor, Centre for the Study of Regional Development, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. firstname.lastname@example.org
The 2011 provisional figure for the sex ratio in the age group 0-6 (CSR) is a mixed bag of hope and despair. While on one hand the tempo with which CSRs were becoming skewed in favour of boys over the last two decades has slowed down and the worst areas have shown some improvement, on the other, there is rapid spread of low CSRs to regions well beyond the traditional strongholds known for discriminatory practices towards girls. A combination of factors responsible for such spread demand contextualised short and long term interventions.
The declining number of girl child vis-à-vis boys in the age-group 0-6 in India, commonly known as child sex ratio (CSR), has caught the attention of a wide ranging group of scholars, activists and policy makers in India. The declining sex ratio is a proxy variable for societal apathy towards girls - they are either not allowed to be born or face discriminatory treatment soon after being born to the extent that they perish. https://www.geographyandyou.com/life/women-studies/child-sex-ratio/ More boys are conceived and...