A 'save the girl child' poster at a Delhi hospital.

There are about 7.1 million fewer girls than boys under the age of six in India because of gender-selective abortions. The gap has grown substantially since the 2001 census, which found 6 million fewer girls, and the 1991 census, 4.2 million fewer. The statistics are part of a longstanding and alarming practice of sexism in the country. On average, boys receive more parental time a day than girls – an extra 30 minutes , or 14%. The quality of childcare is also better for boys, who are more likely to be vaccinated and given vitamin supplements, and are typically breastfed for longer. Such differential care probably accounts for nearly a third of the higher mortality rate for girls. To read more, click here.

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