Update: Now we know. Aborting girl babies is bad abortion, aborting boy babies is to ‘fight against the patriarchy.’
“In our neighborhood, girls are commonly killed in their mothers’ wombs and we don’t feel the pain,” Modi said in a speech in the northern state of Haryana.
Despite being banned, selective abortion is a growing problem that results in a steady decline in the number of girls being born even as the economy has grown and other social indicators like maternal mortality have improved.
India’s child sex ratio dropped from 964 in 1971 to a low of 918 in 2011, according to U.N. data. Between 2001 and 2011, the decline was seen in more than two-thirds of the districts in the nation.