Rape in India: A Result of Sex Selection?

The preference for male babies—and the resulting skewed sex ratio—may be at the root of the rise in violence against women

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Indian lawyers protest at the entrance to Saket District Court in New Delhi on January 3, 2013, where five men charged with the rape and murder of a 23-year-old student on a bus in New Delhi were to appear in court for the first time.

The horrific gang rape and murder of a 23-year old medical student in New Delhi may seem unrelated to fundamental demographic forces, but it isn’t. The public outcry following the victim’s death from catastrophic internal injuries has rightly focused on calls to reform India’s criminal justice system. Yesterday, five men were formally charged and the case is being put on a fast track set up in the wake of the incident to handle crimes against women, in contrast to the years of delay rape victims often face.

But behind the angry protests is an even deeper story: the preference for male babies in India and much of the world may be at the root of this senseless violence.

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Growing evidence suggests that in countries like India and China, where the ratio of men to women is unnaturally high due to the selective abortion of female fetuses and neglect of girl children, the rates of violence towards women increase. “The sex ratio imbalance directly leads to more sex trafficking and bride buying,” says Mara Hvistendahl, author of Unnatural Selection: Choosing Boys Over Girls, and the Consequences of a World Full of Men. A scarce resource is generally considered precious, but the lack of women also leaves many young men without marriage partners. In 2011, the number of cases of women raped rose by 9.2 percent; kidnapping and abductions of women were up 19.4 percent. “At this point, we’re talking correlation, not causation. More studies need to be done….[But] it is clear from historical cases and from studies looking at testosterone levels that a large proportion of unmarried men in the population is not a good thing,” says Hvistendahl.

In a natural state, slightly more male babies are born than females (roughly 105 male infants to 100 females). Male infants are a little more fragile than females at birth, and women generally have a slightly longer life expectancy, so absent conditions such as warfare or unequal access to health care and nutrition, we would expect to see a nearly 1:1 ratio of adult men and women of marriageable age.

India’s 2011 census showed 914 females to one thousand males, the most skewed ratio since India’s independence in 1947. In some regions, such as the Northern state of Haryana, there are only 830 females to 1000 males. More than twenty years ago, Nobel prize winner economist Amartya Sen warned of more than 100 million “missing” girls from India as a result of this preference for male children.

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The imbalance has squeezed poor and uneducated men out of the marriage market in particular, so there is a surplus of young men who are unable to find partners and assume standard adult roles in their societies. According to the EconomistChina has nearly as many unmarried young men, known as ‘bare branches,’ as the entire population of American men. Ironically, the men themselves are harmed by the gender preference shown to them: unbalanced sex ratios may also increase the odds of ill health and early death in men. Something similar has been observed in a number of animal species: it is stressful to compete for mates and this stress can shorten lives.

We’ve seen spasms of outrage before after random acts of barbarism, but violence towards women in the developing world continues unabated, and unremarked upon. India was recently rated the worst country for women among the G20 group of wealthiest nations. Yet sex discrimination rarely rises to the level of diplomatic action; we don’t apply economic sanctions to countries like Saudi Arabia or Pakistan where the violation of women’s freedom and safety is routine. But it’s long past time to recognize the problem of “missing girls” as an issue of international security. Alarmingly, the imbalanced sex ratios arising from what some have called “Gendercide” are wreaking havoc on the fabric of many growing societies, not just in Asia but in Eastern European countries such as Albania, Georgia and Armenia. Perhaps this reality will finally get the world’s attention when the shortage of women worldwide has downstream economic, health, and security effects, and we realize that the missing girls are a devastating loss to us all.

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48 comments
BetterInTheShade
BetterInTheShade

I think this article has it backwards. Only a culture with a pre-existing bias against women - that they are useless chattel, dependent on men and expensive - could introduce something as bizarre as sex selection. Otherwise it would never be seen as a solution. Women got the vote in western society through raising awareness and the cooperation of men. This was because, despite inequalities existing as a result of religious and cultural influences, they were still seen as people. 

The cause of these rapes and the various forms of violence and discrimination against women in India (and elsewhere) is because women are not seen as people in many areas. They are rendered dependent, through a lack of education, no job opportunities and no ability to family plan. Marriage for women is not about choice, it's about someone else's finances. Control over their own bodies, minds and futures is taken and then they are seen as stupid and a burden. They are dehumanised.

While the lack of marriageable women may result in anger and frustration in young men, being denied women, and a multitude of other things, as a result of being unemployed, uneducated and poor, is what is causing this anger and jealousy. Destroying a woman who belongs to another man, or who won’t give herself to you, is then the equivalent of trashing someone else’s’ Porsche because you can’t afford one. The attitude then is that if the car was insufficiently protected, of course it was going to be stolen – women shouldn't walk around tempting men etc etc. It's fair game.

While this suggests that jealousy resulting from sex selection might still be the problem, the idea that you are entitled to a woman at all again belies the underlying premise that women are less than men and not actually entitled to agency. If there were more women it might change the imbalance so these men could find wives and have their jealousy/needs sated. However, if this is how these men treat women - abusing women and taking what they want – then marrying them off to some poor unfortunate virgin is not going to improve the lot of the women of India. Blaming this on sex selection will just push this problem back into the home where we can’t see it anymore. It won’t stop violence against women. In fact, in terms of overall harm, five or six men gang raping one woman and going to prison is still preferable to five or six men raping and beating each of their wives, and most likely their daughters, for their entire lifetime, and not being punished at all.

Kathymiller94
Kathymiller94

Maybe we need to take a lesson from the cattle industry.  They castrate bulls to make them calm.  While, on the 3rd violent offense by a male, cut his balls off and if he is violent to women cut his balls off in public.  Dead males do not abuse women or kids

guzmanchinky
guzmanchinky

It's slightly amusing to watch these backwards countries destroy themselves one small step at a time...

BlueCornMoon
BlueCornMoon

@Hollywooddeed it's a MALE PSYCHE PROBLEM ! Men in groups not only rape women but rape each other in prison. There seems to be something in the minds of large numbers of the male population that makes them fixate on sex as a means to humiliate & control others. These monsters will even rape babies. They seem to hate/devalue females for some reason,regarding them as sex objects & not quite fully human Some poor,some not. Maybe it's an undiscovered mental thing where they can compartmentalize their minds so they appear normal, but harbor dangerous fantasies & ideas they can pull out at will, then put away till the next time. Like Gary Ridgway, the Green River killer who was a family man & treated his wife well,was respected by community,yet was a serial killer who killed at least 48 people, mostly women & girls of course. Same for Dennis Rader, the BTK killer who was also a church officer & Cub scout leader, who was a serial killer for over 30 years.

peter204
peter204

Articles such as this one, that describe the inequality of men and women internationally as well as the repercussions of this inequality, are extremely disturbing.  In a modern world where society is working toward decreased discrimination and increased equality, how can these conditions exist?  I am a student working on a political deliberation project, and I would greatly appreciate any productive feedback and discussion on how the U.S. can contribute to efforts aimed at decreasing gender inequalities internationally as well as domestically.  From my perspective, the U.N. seems like the proper way of making an international impact, but this route also seems too slow and unproductive.  Can we encourage NGOs to raise awareness and provide help; is this enough?  What about our own country? How can we decrease rape and gender discrimination in a relatively equal society?

Thanks for your input!

SuparnaM
SuparnaM

Erika thank you for this article. I'm amazed to read all the comments posted here and also find it fascinating. The topic of rape is huge and it takes on various forms. Some are unfortunately as violent as the attack on the poor 23-year old girl in Delhi. However, many (According to The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) 6 in 10 rape or sexual assault victims were assaulted by an intimate partner, relative, friend or acquaintance and 9 out of 10 women sexually abused in College knew the person who sexual assaulted them). 

(Rape does not only occur in India. It happened to me in England and it was someone I knew and dated) 

Certainly education has a huge part to play in this. Though what kind of education are we speaking of? Our children are now growing up in a society ( India and China are included here) where women are learning that they can do what men can do. They are being educated. They are independent. They are achieving.Yes this is perhaps slightly foreign territory for all of us as it was not long ago when that was not the case all over the world. In countries like India there is an effort and drive to educate the women to reduce the rate of such crimes however that then leaves them with another dilemma - they are too educated to marry the available men. A balance needs to be struck here.

So where does that leave us in this discussion? Where does the lack of respect for women come from? Or the weakness in men that they have to go down that route for sexual gratification? (I'm sorry I am saying men here as most victims of rape are women and the assailants men). It is education, yes. It is the messages we receive all around us growing up. From films, books, friends, parents.

I long for a time when men and women can live in a mutually respectful community that is open to talk about (and conduct ourselves in) such basic instinctual areas such as our sexuality in a healthy way. As yes there may be fewer women in some countries but as I mentioned earlier, India is not the only country where rape occurs.

As for that awful rape on the bus - Rape is not a way for a man (or woman) to seek sexual gratification. It is to display power over a seemingly weaker person.  What these men did was maybe an outrageous release of anger.  Maybe they too have been abused in some in-human ways. What was the cause of that anger? The cause for them to behave in such a hateful way? Believe me I'm NOT saying that that is an excuse for ANYONE to commit such horrific crimes) What I mean by this is we need to learn the cause of the problem not just react in anger and think that killing these guys will then resolve the actual issue.

What would it be like if instead we sought understanding? What if we can begin to understand what caused this so that we can work towards preventing this from recurring in the future?

There is so much more I'd like to say on this topic but I will finish by saying that we will resolve nothing with anger.


gracechiou88
gracechiou88

The pivotal time has come for women to have multiple sex partners like men with several mistresses?!  "Gendercide" is very alarming and should be raised to national security level in India, China, and Eastern European states.

MaggieH25
MaggieH25

Armenia and Georgia don't have a "gendercide" problem. I don't know where you are getting that idea from. However, disrespect for women is rampant throughout the globe. 

SiddharthMishra
SiddharthMishra

Totally wrong!
Sex selection is more prevalent in China, Middle East and the USA!
SO, Miss Erika, blaming the sex-selection in India for the rapes would help your vicious agenda of painting India in a negative light!

Virginia120
Virginia120

Our media doesn't mention the actual real war on women in the U.S.   It's not the fake Sandra Fluke story about the war on women -- but the abortion of real little girls in our own country.   As there are repercussions in India or China, there are repercussions in our own country; those are just left out of this story because the media is overall on the Left & believes in the murder of unborn girls as well as unborn boys in the U.S.  What are the consequences of that?

ysprefer
ysprefer

Theose are rapist, no demographics can excuse that, he can always work harder to improve himself economically to raise a family, or at least he can buy some prostitutes to act as an outlet of his sexual desire; it is immoral, dark mentality or even to say evil, that make a man do such a disgust thing. Basically, every human being has a beast living inside him, to guide yourself by morality and interity, otherwise you are worse than animals, even animals will not conduct such outrages.

kitfinelineedit
kitfinelineedit

What causes rape is rapists. It has nothing to do with demographics, equality, birth statistics, or gender ratios.

sam
sam

A very real cause for concern.

Now I would like to point out another correlation (and maybe causation): A look at the official census for the Southern state of Kerala shows a high rate of literacy of 93.91% (defined as "the ability to read and write" as per the requirement for the census 2011) and also a healthy sex ratio of 1084 females for every 1000 males. (official government site: http://www.kerala.gov.in/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=4006&Itemid=3186). Maybe there is a connection. Also, other social development indicators such as poverty alleviation and healthcare indices are the highest in the country. The media is also more mature and active than in other parts of India.

Further, the state does follow a patriarchal system and does suffer from the ills of the system but education has helped in resolving some of the issues. A 'gender-fair' society in Kerala might be generations away but there is hope in the state.

Additional information: About 50% of the population is considered to be living in 'urban' areas. Religious distribution is 56.94 Hinduism, 25.04 Muslims, 19.99 Christians and a small fraction of other religions as per 2001 census.

The answer to the problem could be in some of these numbers.

DirajRobinson
DirajRobinson

Of all the comments I read no one stated the bottom line.It is illegal and china and india should have sanctions in place for keeping the crime of child sex and forced marriage of young girls. In the US their still is human trafficking and forced slavery. The reason why it hasnt been addressed because like drugs it is a major business. The rich executives, business men, and lord knows who else can go have sex with young girls in these countries. This is a sick world and putting band aids on this will never heal the sickness of these perverted misguided people. Look at what China did to the most peaceful people in the world, the monks of Tibet. children are getting sexually and  physically abused everyday. Until our politicians change their ways of greed and corruption, it will never change.

DirajRobinson
DirajRobinson

 In the country side of India, they have secret wedding ceremonies where the girls again age 2 years old and up are married off.
The Indian Government knows about this for years and do nothing. It is very sad for girls to be born in India, they don't know
whether their father will sell them to a chinese Madam who has houses of ill repute in India, or made to marry at a young age.
With this going on, woman in India will never have any respect. Indian guys can have sex with any girl 2 years of age and up.
Raping a girl in India is what Indian Government calls minor offense, like stealing a bicycle. Only when it makes the news is
when India deems it a major offense. It is up to the UN and the world to start sanctions in India until they stop child sex,
lock up all the chinese houses of ill repute, raid every village in India and save those poor young girls who are forced to marry
and have sex at a early age. Make tougher laws for the Indian Police, Indian Government, and the perverted citizens in India.  

marketgod
marketgod

no one is aborting girls in China anymore.... Chinese women are fast becoming more valuable than boys these days

real1unreal
real1unreal

Is it really any surprise that in a country where they value males over females to the point of aborting female fetuses and neglecting female children that they disrespect women enough to rape and torture them? I don't think it has anything to do with a lack of wives. I totally agree with IqbalLatif.

ummanais
ummanais

i was with you all the way until you tried to equate Pakistan, India and Saudi Arabia with Georgia and Armenia.... please. and aside from that, most people don't consider Georgia and Armenia as Eastern Europe.

Siddharth
Siddharth

The real root cause if greed. India hasone of the highest incidents of dowry, which thogh is illegal, is a known fact in almost all parts of India especially areas like Haryana, Punjab, AP. Dowry leads people to indulge in sex selection which in turn skews the gender ratio.

I personally have colleagues...highly educated computer engineers who still justify dowry with either a "thats how it is, thats how it has always been. If we dont give dowry, they will trreat her badly" statement, OR proudly declare "we gave 2 crores in dowry for my sister's wedding" which they feel is a status statement.

And how does one stem the trend of rising greed? Sorry...I really don't know. I wish I had a solution, but I don't. The fact is...Indians might take pride at being a 5000yr old civilization and the next big world economy, but Indian society is all messed up from the inside. Thats the sad truth.

colouredonion
colouredonion

Having listened to interviews with women in Dehli about this issue this morning, it seems there is an embedded problem within society in India about attitudes to women and expectations men have of them. Perhaps better sex education is a way of changing this, though the challenge of changing attitudes is immense. 

However, it's encouraging that so many have come out to protest about this issue, new attitudes are infiltrating slowly, it's just a matter of how powerful this infiltration can become, and how much 'people power' it can generate to really change a culturally embedded aspect of Indian society. http://freshthinkingspace.wordpress.com/


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IqbalLatif
IqbalLatif

I agree with this,  I wrote exactly on these lines on 30/12/2012 :Female when disrespected in the womb cannot gain respect outside the womb too.


Sexual violence like unrestrained fervour to rape and unbridled child abuse cannot be dissociated from the entrenched evil of female foetus elimination, female when disrespected in the womb cannot gain respect outside the womb. Change your minds and your hearts and institute love for daughters, love the daughters and save the daughters. Daughters needs burying of entrenched dogma of ideological bloodymindedness.

When we disrespect the foetus of the daughter it is the root source of dissmissiveness of woman as an equal component of mankind.

Nations where due respect to the female foetuses is not accorded and continue selectively to abort female foetuses will never be able to institute universal collective respect of the woman that is well rooted in the culture. There is no instant gratification, we are collectively responsible for this state of affairs.

Regrettably The ’King of spade’ is a preferred gender in the Arab world, Iran, Pakistan, India and China. Sons are rising and daughters are setting. It is pretty rampant female foeticide in India that would spark a demographic crisis where fewer women in society will result in a rise in sexual violence and child abuse.

Increasing female foeticide in India and China could spark a demographic crisis where fewer women in society will result in a rise in sexual violence and child abuse as well as wife-sharing, the United Nations warned. As a result, the United Nations says an estimated 2,000 unborn girls are illegally aborted every day in India. In most parts of India, sons are viewed as breadwinners who will look after their parents and carry on the family name, but daughters are viewed as financial liabilities for whom they will have to pay substantial dowries to get married off.

The American Buddhist reported in an article written by me that "Ultrasounds are taken to monitor the health of unborn children, so doctors always know their sex. Doctors tell parents, a practice that is illegal in India, yet common. Then they exercise their "right to choose." Sex selection is a violation of law and unethical. But the patriarchal society continues to turn a blind eye towards it or offer perverted excuses to justify its existence."


Selective elimination of female foetuses!
Iqbal Latif
Monday 1 September 2008




http://savedaughters19.wordpress.com/2010/07/24/the-%E2%80%99king-of-spade%E2%80%99-is-a-preferred-gender-in-india/30 December 201230 December 2012

b
b

"Events began at an end-of-summer party in a volunteer football coach’s home, where alcohol was freely flowing, The New York Times reported LAST month. The girl may have been unconscious, dragged to different parties and raped over several hours, The Times said. She was even urinated on."

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/steubenville-students-laugh-alleged-rape-article-1.1232113#ixzz2H1cFWKYv

Note the party was at an adult professional teacher's home, not at some teenager's. 

Does this article simply demonstrate the odd, cliched conclusions Ivy folks come to?  Those poor caste /cow/curry ridden Hindoos (or pig obsessed Muslim fanatics)? Please do examine some sanctioned rapes in the Bible. 

BTW, a son became important in India when colonial UK laws (to match laws in Britain) would not permit Indian girls to inherit a parental home/land.  Traditional Indian Stree Dhan (women's property ) permitted female inheritance and the Rig Veda (holy text) says boys and girls must inherit equally. Islam too has some financial safeguards for women: the Prophet's wife, Khadija, was an educated, older businesswoman who traveled alone. He was her illiterate employee.

UK abolished this custom and simply took any property where there was no male: India's need for male heirs to simply protect and keep one's home began there.  

Rape, like any crime, happens when someone sees a victim as weak and knows s/he is unlikely to protest or get too much justice. Or when law is weak and results in institutions like say Gitmo/ Abu Graib with their rapes. Also few  talk about alcohol: the no 1 partner in many crimes. Perhaps it is just not fashionable. One of the worst things to happen to a child or spouse is to live with an alcoholic adult. 


prassoon
prassoon

Erika Christakis is a shame for Harvard. When naturally the count of men are more at the time of conception, our advanced medical science could bring more successful births resulting in more male head count. If you want me to believe less number of girls in a society indicates "Gendercide" then i want you to believe America doing male gendercide. Its a challenge, do you want to take it?  Any common man who has not lost the ability to critical thinking could understand this. Builderberg agenda is different and people are now aware that know how propaganda works. Search for "Female foeticide - A Mysterious Propaganda" and learn more.

mtngoatjoe
mtngoatjoe

I try to respect other cultures and the value they bring to the world, but I'm sorry: an culture that doesn't value boys and girls equally is repugnant.

Hollywooddeed
Hollywooddeed

Nah.  More like 10,000 years of patriarchal religion and a culture of male superiority and entitlement.  Let's not forget that rape is a crime of control and humiliation, even when the perpetrators are males in groups.

sumitron_2k@hotmail.com
sumitron_2k@hotmail.com

The writer has brought forward important issues plagued due to gender inequality but correlating these two is incorrect. The information which could have made the writer correlate these  if it could be established that majority of rapes are caused by single unmarried men. This is not actually true and most rapes around the world are done by family members/friends  (most of which go unreported).

The reason rape is so prevalent in india is because there is a feeling that it is easy to get away with such crimes. 1st thought being that among a vast population the culprits can just vanish, 2nd even if they are caught they can get away with greasing some green bags, 3rd even if that doesnt work the indian justice system is so very slow that they would never be convicted,   ( to give an example last year in new delhi the capital of india approx 650 rapes got reported during the year but only 1 conviction happened.) and 4th the view of society in India about rape victims that some how they are the ones responsible. All these cause and compound the issue.

Yes people in india have come out to protest. (in huge numbers) but the whole system needs a overhaul (legal, social).. 


kaylaplease
kaylaplease

Oh please, are we forgetting a bunch of 'good old American' high school footballers just GANG raped another student, and basically the entire matter was hidden over the town's 'love of SPORTS'? And you want to make it look like China and India are poor, ignorant nations whose "oh -so-foolish policies" are leading to this?  At least in India people are protesting and livid. Here? Major news outlet, TIME INCLUDED, aren't even covering it. Embarrassing. 

penthesilea
penthesilea

I don't think that the cause of the rapes was the skewed birth ration. Rather, I think that the cause of the rapes and the skewed birth ratio are the same - that females aren't particularly valued.

If we look at the recent Ohio rapes in the US, we see a nearly as gruesome crime - despite that the birth ratio is pretty much 1:1 here.

The problem is that India (and the US, and China, and most countries) still has a long way to go as far as equality is concerned.

SanMann
SanMann

This was a crime involving alcohol - 6 young men from a shantytown went on a drunken joyride that ended with them raping and maiming a young lady. This is neither the first time such a monstrous crime has taken place on this
Earth nor will it be the last time, sadly.

The names of the 6 young men arrested and charged with this violent sexual assault are Ram Singh, Mukesh Singh, Pawan Gupta, Vinay Sharma, Akshay Singh, and Mohammed Afroz.

I think the fact that so many Indians from all walks of life have turned out to protest this crime says that India doesn't have a rape culture. If this type of crime had happened in the United States or Europe - and it has -  then would there have been protests as widespread as this? No, people would have watched it on the evening news, shaken their heads, and then moved on.

The fact that Indians have chosen to express their anger and disgust with this act shows that civic spirit is still alive in India - complete with hyperbole (eg. "India is the rape capital", "Indian men are all rapists", "Welcome to the Rape-Public of India")

The reality is that people are suffering under a ruling kleptocracy that is fiddling like Nero while failing to deliver basic infrastructure, basic services, basic security - basic anything - and people are fed up. It's not Indian society which has to go - it's the corrupt ruling establishment which has to go. Ironically, it's this same corrupt ruling establishment which is haughtily and arrogantly telling the public to go look in the mirror and to leave the ruling autocrats alone. Nope - it's the ruling autocrats who've got to face upto what they've been doing to India, and they're the ones who have to go.

Kathymiller94
Kathymiller94

@BlueCornMoon  Many researchers (including many male researchers) have said that we all start out female but around week 6 to 8, something goes "horribly wrong" and half end up being MALE.  I think they are right, Males are defective people.  I am glad my brother taught me that males are really the weak and inferior sex and that women are by far superior to most males.  One has only to see what these pricks are doing in India to see that

mrbomb13
mrbomb13

@SiddharthMishra 

Any studies/statistics to support your claim of "Miss Erika" engaging in such a "vicious agenda?"

segesta65
segesta65

@kitfinelineedit Well said. 

Of course, most TIME readers would say that if you put a gun in that rapist's hand, it all becomes the gun's fault.

Kathymiller94
Kathymiller94

@real1unreal I am really glad my older brother taught me that the thought that males were the superior sex was a con game since the start of time and that in reality women are, have always been and will always be vastly superior to males in general.  He said every male should be taught that women and girls are superior to anyone born with balls and this should start in grade school so every male will realize it and every girl would accept her superiority  Not too bad for a male.

YeahRt
YeahRt

@ummanais & I am sure people in India would feel the same way about being compared with Pakistan (military rules, Islamic country) and Saudi (Totalitarian Family owned Islamic regime). Didn't know Georgia/Armenia were the hidden treasure of Earth. Thanks for enlightening us.

YeahRt
YeahRt

@Siddharth Start from within, encourage debates about this topic, dont look away and raise your voice!

adnan7631
adnan7631

@colouredonion 

And how exactly is sex education going to help? Will it suddenly make the men care? Will it reduce female infanticide or violence? I really don't think so. Indians think differently than Americans; they are very different cultures. It's good that there's publications like this and people like you who are at least thinking of possible solutions, but sex ed is not one of them. 

Kathymiller94
Kathymiller94

@IqbalLatif   Well all the doctors should tell them the baby is a girt when it is actually a male so they would start aborting all the males. 

Siddharth
Siddharth

You are obviously some moron who moved out of India many eyars ago and has no idea of whats happening there.

Making statements based on what you read on some article and trying to sound very intellectual.

adnan7631
adnan7631

@penthesilea 

What the article is talking about is that the number of rape overall increases. And it's not just rape, it's violence to females in general. It makes sense that violence would increase as men are less likely to know how to properly socialize with women. In a society that is often segregated, men often only get to know women who are either their family or their wives. Add to that a shortage of wives and it's no wonder that there's a high rate of violence. 

The reason for the big disparity itself comes down to the dowry system. Simply put, the bride's family pays for the wedding and then gives a lavish gift to the groom and his family. The economic strife that this puts on the family makes people terrified that they will have a girl. Not only are they raising somebody who cannot work work the fields or get a job and must stay home instead, but they also have to pay to get rid of that person. In such a system, it makes sense to not want to have a baby girl. On top of that, it's extremely easy to get away with crimes in India. You can literally get away with murder. I would imagine that rape is much much less reported to police, nevermind to the media. (You should check out the Man Booker-prize winning "White Tiger" by Aravind Adiga. It's a brilliant book all about life in India as a poor man and crime.) 

TiredOfPartisanHacks
TiredOfPartisanHacks

@segesta65 @kitfinelineedit So unsubstantiated stereotyping passes for comments here now? If a gun were in the rapist's hands, it's still the rapist's fault. I don't know how you can blame a gun for causing a rape. What is the logic there that you are trying to pass off as that of the average TIME reader?

RugeirnDrienborough
RugeirnDrienborough

@SiddharthMishra @mrbomb13 

You're making the claim. It's up to you to provide the evidence to support it. In particular, you need to show why sex ratios don't support your claim.

Put it this way: I can claim I'm Superman. Do you have any evidence to prove otherwise?