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Year : 1995  |  Volume : 39  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 12-5

The role of secondary sex ratios in the declining sex ratio of India.

Dept. of S & P M, Dayanand Medical College & Hospital, Ludhiana

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R K Sachar
Dept. of S & P M, Dayanand Medical College & Hospital, Ludhiana

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The sex ratio in India has been gradually declining since the beginning of this century during the intercensus period of 1981-91, this ratio declined from 933 to 929. In the past the difference in sex ratios was wholly attributed to higher mortality amongst the females. However date for the years 1990-92 on secondary sex ratios i.e. sex ratio at birth presented in this paper suggest that the difference in sex ratio can also be attributed to a statistically significant higher number of males being born most probably as a result of selective abortion of female fetuses.

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