The lost girls: Main conclusions of The Independent's study
Steve Connor is the Science Editor of The Independent. He has won many awards for his journalism, including five-times winner of the prestigious British science writers’ award; the David Perlman Award of the American Geophysical Union; twice commended as specialist journalist of the year in the UK Press Awards; UK health journalist of the year and a special merit award of the European School of Oncology for his investigative journalism. He has a degree in zoology from the University of Oxford and has a special interest in genetics and medical science, human evolution and origins, climate change and the environment.
Tuesday 14 January 2014
There is strong evidence that the overall gender ratio is significantly different from the background ratio in the case of UK parents born in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh.
There is strong evidence that the gender ratio of the second child is significantly biased in favour of boys in the case of Afghanistan and Pakistan.
There is some evidence that the gender ratio of the second child is significantly biased towards boys for parents born in Nepal, India and Bangladesh.
There is some evidence that the overall gender ratio of the second and third child is significantly biased in favour of boys for parents born in Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and Bangladesh.
A conservative estimate for the number of "missing girls" based on this analysis is between 1,400 and 4,722.
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