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The State of World Population 2020 report released by the United Nations Population Fund says that the number of missing women in the world has more than doubled in the last 50 years. It was 6.1 crores in 1970 which has now increased to 14.26 crores by 2020. In this global figure, India has 4.58 crore missing women by 2020 and China has 7.23 crore.
The report states that between 2013 and 2017, about 4.60 lakh girls in India go missing at birth every year. According to one analysis, the number of girls missing due to gender testing is about two-thirds of the total and female birth rate after birth is about one-third.
Girls go missing after birth
UNFPA Executive Dr. Natalia Kanem said that girls are missing more due to gender based prenatal. Around 4,60,000 girls in India go missing at birth every year. The sex ratio at birth has been recorded in India’s Registration System Statistical Report 2018 which is 899 for every 1000 boys born during the period 2016-18.
Sex ratio less than 900 in nine states
The sex ratio at birth is less than 900 in nine states of India. These include Haryana, Uttarakhand, Delhi, Gujarat, Rajasthan, UP, Maharashtra, Punjab and Bihar. In the report, the representative of UNFPA India said that we need to move forward on the principles of equality, autonomy and choice. Dr. Kanem said, we will not stop until the rights and choices of all girls are fully occupied.