Parts of India have sex ratios as skewed as anything in its northern neighbour.Other East Asian countries—South Korea, Singapore and Taiwan—have peculiarly high numbers of male births.' “Suddenly, I thought I heard a slight movement in the slops pail behind me,” Miss Xinran remembers.“To my absolute horror, I saw a tiny foot poking out of the pail.The implication is that sex-selective abortion, not under-registration of girls, accounts for the excess of boys.Other countries have wildly skewed sex ratios without China's draconian population controls (see chart 1).
Within ten years, the academy said, one in five young men would be unable to find a bride because of the dearth of young women—a figure unprecedented in a country at peace.
‘Don't move, you can't save it, it's too late.' “‘But that's...murder..you're the police! The policemen held on to me for a few more minutes.
‘Doing a baby girl is not a big thing around here,' [an] older woman said comfortingly. Around these parts, you can't get by without a son.
Taiwan's sex ratio also rose from just above normal in 1980 to 110 in the early 1990s; it remains just below that level today.
During the same period, South Korea's sex ratio rose from just above normal to 117 in 1990—then the highest in the world—before falling back to more natural levels.