ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Female Foeticide in Rural Haryana

Sabu M George Ranbir S Dahiya Female foeticide over the last 15 years has distorted sex ratios at birth in several Asian countries. Foetal sex determination clinics have been established in India over the last 20 years in northern and western cities. Presented here is the outcome of an intensive study of the abuse of prenatal diagnostic techniques for sex selection in a rural population of 13,000 in Rohtak district. Parents tend to be calculative in choosing the sex of the next child and the decision is based on the birth order, sex sequence of previous children and number of sons. Transfer of reproductive technology to India is resulting in reinforcement of patriarchal values as professional medical organisations seem to be indifferent to ethical misconduct Introduction STRONG preference for sons over daughters exists in the Indian subcontinent, east Asia, north Africa and west Asia unIike in the western countries [Muthurayappa People realise smaller family sizes with

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