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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 54  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 209-212

A hospital-based study on knowledge, attitude and practice of pregnant women on gender preference, prenatal sex determination and female feticide


1 Associate Professor, Department of Gynaecology and Obstetrics, Subharti Medical College, Meerut, India
2 Lecturer, Department of Community Medicine, University College of Medical Sciences & GTB Hospital, Delhi, India
3 Professor and Head, Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Subharti Medical College, Meerut, India
4 Professor and Head, Department of Community Medicine, Subharti Medical College, Meerut, India

Correspondence Address:
Khan Amir Maroof
Lecturer, Department of Community Medicine, University College of Medical Sciences & GTB Hospital, Delhi
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0019-557X.77263

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India has witnessed a decline in sex ratio in the past few decades. A hospital-based cross-sectional study was carried out to find out the attitude toward gender preference and knowledge as well as practice toward prenatal sex determination and female feticide among pregnant women. A majority (66.0%) of the pregnant women did not show any gender preference, followed by male preference (22.2%) and female preference (11.8%). A high proportion, i.e. 84.7% and 89.7%, of the total subjects were aware that prenatal sex determination and female feticide is illegal, respectively.


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