Just heard that a large number of girls of Indian origin are missing in Canada. 4472 to be exact in a period of 20 years.
The research, presented in the Canadian Medical Association Journal and the online CMAJ Open, looks at more than 6 million births in Canada and reveals that a greater presence of boys among Indian-born mothers may in part be linked to abortions in the second trimester, when parents can learn the baby’s sex.
The birth data was compiled from databases administered by Statistics Canada and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences in Toronto between 1990 and 2011, and 1993 to 2012, respectively.
While the natural odds of having a boy over a girl are slightly higher, they are consistent across the globe: up to 107 boys for every 100 girls. But Indian-born mothers living in Canada with two children had 138 boys for every 100 girls. In Ontario, that number inflated even more among Indian-born women with two daughters, who then gave birth to 196 boys for every 100 girls.
After abortions, the numbers rise dramatically: 326 boys after one abortion, 409 boys after multiple abortions, and 663 boys for every 100 girls following multiple abortions in the second trimester, when doctors can determine the sex of the foetus.
Sex selective abortion is the obvious reason behind this skewed ratio.We all know that female foeticide is rampant in India. But it seems even in a more gender equitable western country like Canada, Indians show the same patriarchal mindset. Indians will be Indians where ever they go.
Answer is not to curtail abortion rights, but to increase the efforts to make the Indian community both in India and abroad more gender sensitive and girl child friendly.