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Type Working Paper - Health care for women international
Title Missing female fetus: a micro level investigation of sex determination in a periurban area of Northern India
Volume 33
Issue 11
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2012
Page numbers 1020-1034
URL http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/07399332.2011.610537#.VdkG1vntmko
A micro-level investigation of 983 pregnant women (aged 15–49 years) regarding sex determination and associated factors was carried out in a periurban region of Northern India. Among the women surveyed, 183 chose to use sex determination. The highest percentage of sex determination was among 30–39-year-old women, and general caste and family size were two risk factors associated with sex determination. Correcting imbalances in sex ratios at birth is a complex issue without easy answers, especially in patriarchal societies. Apart from raising awareness among decisionmakers, property rights in favor of women and strict vigilance and record of registration of ultrasound machines are necessary.

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