Thursday, January 29, 2009

Parents Paid to raise Girls

According to the article i just read about the Indian government is offering poor parents the equivalent of nearly $3,000(U.S.) to raise daughters, says a BBC News report. Families will receive a cash reward upon the birth of a daughter and a various stages of her life up to the age of 18. Although gender selective abortion were out-lawed in 1994, they remain widespread. In fact, it is estimated that over the past 20 years, abortion claimed the lives of approximately 10 million female fetuses, seriously affecting the gender balance in some areas. According to a 2001 census, nationawide there were 927 girls for every 1,000 boys under the age of six and the gap was widening. In one state the birth ratio was 793 girls born for every 1,000 boys.

Source: Awake Magazine 2009