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

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Dispensing with Daughters: Technology, Society, Economy in North India

A study of the micro-level experiences of families in five districts, one each in five states, some of them with the lowest child sex ratios in the country, seeks to explain the complex causes behind the declining ratios by looking at gender and family strategies, shaped by social processes in the urban and rural areas.

Table 1 provides basic sex ratio data for the sites chosen in the study. Despite some variation within the sites, with occasional good sex ratio sites, the gures are generally low. The urban gures are particularly low, but in Rohtak and Fatehgarh S aheb rural-urban differences are narrow. Urban Dhaulpur is an exception but space does not permit us to discuss it further here. In Fatehgarh Saheb, Rohtak and Kangra, the 0-14 CSRs are worse than the overall and the 0-6 worse than the 0-14, indicating the presence of some trends at birth, before it, or soon after. In Morena and Dhaulpur, the worst sex ratios are in the 0-14 age group indicating that bias against girls/women is most visible in the 7-14 age group in these two districts.

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