The term “ sex ratio” refers to a measurement of the number of females to males in a given population, most often expressed as the number of females per thousand males. Adverse sex ratio refers to when this ratio is skewed, i.e., there are more males being born than females. India’ s sex ratio, with very little exception, has been adverse since the first British census in 1872. The socio-cultural aspects of India contribute greatly to this occurrence. While many studies try to pinpoint specific causes of the gender imbalance, the factors affecting adverse sex ratio are all interwoven in a multifaceted web of cause and effect. Trying to single out one reason for adverse sex ratio is both impossible and ineffective. The complicated nature of this issue naturally makes the task of finding a solution daunting. In order to fight the adverse sex ratio in Rajasthan and in India as a whole, one must first understand the causes of and factors related to adverse sex ratio.
Emily Barwick, ’07 Jacksonville, FL
Majors: Art, Women’ s Studies
Sponsor: Aparna Thomas