Male preference could have negative impact

Oct 30, 2007

Prenatal sex selection of boys in some Asian countries could lead to negative social consequences such as a surge in sexual violence, a U.N. agency reported.

New studies commissioned by the U.N. Population Fund predicted that as males outnumber females, because of pre-natal testing to determine the sex of fetuses and subsequent abortions of unwanted females, a surge in sexual violence and trafficking of women could occur.

Preference for sons is rooted in many Asian countries for cultural and economic reasons, the U.N. said.

"Sex ratio imbalances only lead to far-reaching imbalances in the society at large," Thoraya Ahmed Obaid, the agency's executive director, said in a statement during the Fourth Asia Pacific Conference on Reproductive and Sexual Health and Rights in Hyderabad, India.

In China, 120 males were born for every 100 females in 2005. In India, the 2001 census showed 108 males were born for every 100 females. Unless Vietnam and Nepal reject male preference thinking, they will face problems similar to those of India and China, the studies said.

Copyright 2007 by United Press International

Explore further: Anthrax shipments came from military site in Utah desert

Related Stories

Blueprint for a thirsty world from Down Under

1 hour ago

The Millennium Drought in southeastern Australia forced Greater Melbourne, a city of 4.3 million people, to successfully implement innovations that hold critical lessons for water-stressed regions around the world, according ...

Recommended for you

Anthrax shipments came from military site in Utah desert

9 hours ago

The U.S. Army's mistaken shipment of live anthrax samples to government and commercial laboratories occurred at a military post in a desolate stretch of the Utah desert that has been testing chemical weapons ...

User comments : 1

Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

Reaper6971
not rated yet Oct 31, 2007
Hmmmm, wonder if this has anything to do w/ violence against women in the middle east? I've never seen the demo graphics of that region, though.

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.