Authorities have revealed that none of the 216 children that were born across 132 villages in one Indian state over the last 3 months have been girls.
The officials in Uttarkashi, Uttarakhand stave have launched a probe over fears that parents might have been having selective abortions.
These selective abortions have been outlawed in India since 1994, but it’s still very common practice to terminate female fetuses, because they’re seen as a financial burden, as families often need to spend a lot of money for costly dowries.
Baby boys are favored because the birth of a son is seen as a cause for celebration and family pride, and they also cost less.
The district magistrate of the region, Ashish Chauhan, said that the rate was “suspicious” and it has highlighted female foeticide.
He noted that they have identified areas where the number of girl childbirth is zero, and they are monitoring these areas to find out what is affecting the ratio.
He added that a detailed survey and study will be conducted to identify the reason behind it.
The 132 villages identified as having no girls born in the last three months have been labeled as in the “red zone”, meaning that local data will be scrutinized to try and uncover the reason behind the absence of female babies.