Abortions give rise to “lost boy” generation in China and India

March 15th, 2011 - 11:17 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

New Delhi, Mar 15 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Analysts are worried that the number of men who might be forced to die unmarried could cause what the researchers term ‘lost boy’ generation.

China and India in particular have the highest number of male children to females. With the advent of the ultrasound technology in the 1980s, parents became selective about the sex of their children. Female fetuses were aborted due to several factors including social, cultural and political reasons.

The ratio between boys and girls at birth which is termed SRB is much higher in India and China. Since the introduction of the one-child policy in China, parents mostly abort their female fetus because of their preference for a male child. This has resulted in 125 male births for every 100 female births. That statistic was in 2005 and is very similar to what is happening in some Indian states like Gujarat, Punjab and Delhi.

The researchers who carried out the study said that there is an excess of 1.1 million Chinese who might not be able to marry at all primary due to the fact that there are no females for them. That number though is not the worst case scenario. There are an excess of 32 million under-20 males to the number of females of the same age group in China currently.

The study was released on Monday and the researchers claim that the discrepancies could affect the social fabric.

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