Ensuring daughter survival in Tamil Nadu, India

S (Sharada) Srinivasan, Arjun Bedi

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The south Indian state of Tamil Nadu is a relatively recent entrant to the list of
Indian states exhibiting the phenomenon of ‘missing girls’. A substantial
proportion of these missing girls may be attributed to the differential survival
of girls and boys in the 0-6 age group due to daughter elimination in the form
of sex selection, neglect and infanticide. Notwithstanding the state’s relatively
recent history of daughter elimination, the government and NGOs in Tamil
Nadu have been active in terms of data collection to track gender differences
in survival and in introducing interventions to prevent daughter elimination.
Against this background, this paper has two aims. First, it provides a temporal
and spatial analysis of patterns of daughter deficits in Tamil Nadu over the
period 1996 to 2003. Second, it undertakes an examination of the modus
operandi, underlying assumptions, strengths and weaknesses of various
interventions and assesses their effect on daughter elimination.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationDen Haag
PublisherInternational Institute of Social Studies (ISS)
Number of pages37
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2009

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