An official website of the European Union. See all European Institutions
In India, the deep-seated belief that women cannot make significant financial contributions or add to the family’s honour in society or in matters of religion perpetuate female infanticide and feticide, resulting in a low female infant sex ratio, currently at 914 girl children for every 1000 boy children. As in many parts of India, the female sex ratio of Kadapa district continues to fall: from 951 in 2001 to 919 in 2011. Kadapa is a rural area where traditions like dowry and discriminatory gender roles are still practised. These traditions contribute to perception that the female child is a burden to the family and less desirable than a son.