Save the Girl: India’s Christians Lead Hindus, Muslims, and Sikhs on Ending Gendercide

Image: Allison Joyce / Getty Images. A celebration for newborn baby girls at a Pune hospital offering free medical care for female patients in an effort to reduce “missing girls,” as India’s birth ratio has been heavily skewed by sex-selective abortions.

Nine million girls have gone “missing” in India over the past two decades due to sex-selective abortions, according to a new report on sex ratios and gendercide in the world’s second-most populous nation.

The problem rests mainly within the Hindu and Sikh communities, according to government-backed data, while the subcontinent’s Christians have maintained a “natural balance” of sons and daughters since 2001, according to a Pew Research Center analysis released today.

Pew estimates that Christians account for 53,000 of the missing girls in India, whereas Hindus account for 7.8 million girls, Muslims account for 590,000 girls, Sikhs account for 440,000 girls, and other religious groups such as Buddhists and Jains account for 110,000 girls.

The tallies were disproportionately high for Hindus, who comprise 79.8 percent of India’s population yet 86.7 percent of the missing girls, as well as for Sikhs, who comprise 1.7 percent of the population yet 4.9 percent of the missing. The tallies were disproportionately low for Muslims, who comprise 14.2 percent of India’s population yet 6.6 percent of the missing girls, as well as for Christians, who comprise 2.3 percent of the population yet 0.6 percent of the missing.

However, bias toward sons is waning among all religious groups in India, and researchers concluded the annual number of missing girls has dropped from about 480,000 in 2010 to about 410,000 in 2019.

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Source: Christianity Today