Parts of India have sex ratios as skewed as anything in its northern neighbour.
Other East Asian countries—South Korea, Singapore and Taiwan—have peculiarly high numbers of male births.
The implication is that sex-selective abortion, not under-registration of girls, accounts for the excess of boys.
' “Suddenly, I thought I heard a slight movement in the slops pail behind me,” Miss Xinran remembers.
“To my absolute horror, I saw a tiny foot poking out of the pail.
In all societies that record births, between 103 and 106 boys are normally born for every 100 girls.
The ratio has been so stable over time that it appears to be the natural order of things.
For comparison, there are 23m boys below the age of 20 in Germany, France and Britain combined and around 40m American boys and young men.