Document Type

International Studies and Languages


Christine Myers


The report explores the prevalence of sex-selective abortion in India and its main causes. These include the patriarchal nature of Indian society and a general preference to have sons, as well as the availability and misuse of sex-determination technologies. It explores the consequences of sex-selective abortion, especially in regards to gender disparity and increased discrimination against women. Evidence of its prevalence, different contributing factors and debates and arguments regarding sex-selective abortion are discussed. The report addresses current legislation and enforcement as well as government and non-governmental initiatives and their successes and shortcomings. Analysis is given regarding what will be the most successful solution to this problem, especially as far as it addresses the underlying societal issues that increase sex-selective abortion.