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Daughter Elimination: Cradle Baby Scheme in Tamil Nadu

Tamil Nadu's two decade old Cradle Baby Scheme tries to ensure that female babies who would otherwise have been killed are given up for adoption. Civil society activists are not happy with the scheme because they feel that it only encourages parents to abandon female babies and is not a substitute for tackling the crime of sex selection and female foeticide. However, until the girl child is welcome in families, such a scheme will be needed.

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Daughter Elimination: Cradle figures and we found that between 1996 and 2003, the incidence of post-birth
Baby Scheme in Tamil Nadu daughter deficit, our measure of infanticide, declined sharply from a deficit of
  about 4,485 girls every year between 1996
  and 1999 to about 1,800 in 2003. The
Sharada Srinivasan, Arjun S Bedi declines were dominated by Dharmapuri

Tamil Nadu’s two decade old Cradle Baby Scheme tries to ensure that female babies who would otherwise have been killed are given up for adoption. Civil society activists are not happy with the scheme because they feel that it only encourages parents to abandon female babies and is not a substitute for tackling the crime of sex selection and female foeticide. However, until the girl child is welcome in families, such a scheme will be needed.

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