By Nick Bryant
"Why pay 50,000 rupees to your new in-laws when you can pay 500 rupees for an abortion? You do not even have to leave home.
Many unscrupulous doctors carry portable ultra-sound equipment in the boots of their cars.
Increased consumer choice is one of the hallmarks of the new India.
Tragically, it is being applied, with almost industrial efficiency, to depress the female birth rate."
FACTS AND FIGURES
- Female infanticide occurs in 80% of states
- Worst-affected states include wealthiest areas
- 927 girls born for every 1,000 boys
- Infant mortality rate: 60/1,000
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