“India has made tremendous progress since 1990. …
What would you expect about sex ratio at birth in India?
I expected the following:
It would have improved across the whole country. It would be worse in the north than in the south. It would be worse in rural areas than in urban areas. The law banning prenatal sex determination, which was passed almost 30 years ago, would have helped with the known problem of selective abortion of female fetuses.
I had also assumed these to be true and touted them as facts to multiple people, including twice in the last two years. Recently, when I tried to confirm this, I learnt the opposite:
Sex ratio at birth has gotten worse across the whole country. It is better in the south than in the north, but neither is it better in every southern state nor is it good