ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Female Infanticide in Rural South India

Sabu George Rajaratnam Abel B D Miller Infanticide has been practised in all continents, but little dependable primary data exists on this subject. Presented here are findings on female infanticide for a rural south Indian population. These data were collected as part of a major four-year field study on child growth and survival in a 13,000 population and have been cortfirmed directly with the families concerned. Female infanticide is practised in only 6 of the 12 study villages effecting about 10 per cent of new-born girls. Reported here are the demographic consequences and social factors associated with this are considered. Seventy-two per cent of all femaie deaths were due to femicide and misclassification of these deaths would grossly distort the significant child survival achieved by this population.

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