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The Missing Girl Child

The Census 2001 has revealed some interesting and worrying features with regard to sex ratios which calls for some explanation. For example, the overall improvement in sex ratio in favour of females may be explained by the fact that female death rates have become lower than the male death rates. But the sex raio at birth (SRB) becoming more favourable to males has, however, influenced the overall sex ratio in the opposite direction, which is reflected in the adverse child sex ratio. Child sex ratios in Punjab and Haryana, especially with the adverse sex ratio at birth of point towards rampant practice of female foeticide along with a certain amount of infanticide in these two states. The fact that Uttar Pradesh and Uttaranchal both have registered an improvement in overall sex ratio between 1991 and 2001, but with the child sex ratio declining sharply requires a detailed probing. Interestingly all the states that have shown large declines in child sex ratio between 1991 and 2001 - Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Chandigarh and Delhi - are economically well developed and have recorded a fairly high literacy rate. This is contrary to expectation and needs to be examined.

Decline in Sex Ratio Alternative Explanation Re-Examined

Decline in Sex Ratio: Alternative Explanation Re-Examined Saraswati Raju Mahendra K Premi AN alternative viewpoint on declining sex ratio (SR) by Rajan, Mishra and Navaneetham (December 21, 1991) in response to an earlier write-up by Kundu and Sahu on the same theme (October 12, 1991) by itself is no reason to attempt this note. One of the objectives of academic research is to provoke discussion on matters of importance and the declining sex ratio is one such concern. However, the trio,have not only sorely missed some of the points made by Kundu and Sahu, a certain misintcrprcta tion of their arguments at places is rather disconcerting.

Aspects of Female Migration in India

Mahendra K premi The preponderance of women over men among migrants in India and the fact that rural-to-rural migration, which accounts fop more than 70 per cent of the total migration inside the country, is dominated by women, has been explained in terms of 'marriage' and 'associational' migrations.

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