In India's losing battle against the abortion of female fetuses, the state of Orissa plans to turn expecting mothers into undercover cops.
The Orissa government has decided to use pregnant women in sting operations to catch clinics and nursing homes that are conducting illegal sex determination tests, as well as abortions for sex selection, the Hindustan Times reports.
Apparently, no one among the state authorities attended elementary school, or they'd know about the basketball under the t-shirt trick.
As Hanna Ingber Win reported for GlobalPost in 2011, as India develops and its middle class grows, the aborting of female fetuses is becoming more common. India’s 2011 census showed that the country’s child sex ratio, the number of girls to boys under age 7, is the worst it has been since India gained independence in 1947.
A natural sex ratio is 105 boys born for every 100 girls. This is to adjust for girls’ slightly higher likelihood of surviving than boys. However, India’s 2011 census showed that the sex ratio for children under age seven is 109 to 100. While not ostensibly a large difference, that ratio equates to 7 million fewer girls than boys under the age of 7 in India, which is home to 1.2 billion people.
Things are particularly bad in Orissa.
The sex ratio in Orissa has declined from 953 females per 1,000 males in 2001 to 934 in 2011. In more than 10 of the state’s 30 districts, the sex ratio is less than 900, the paper said.
Will the stings work? Doubtful. Well, they'll make a few busts. But the problem goes beyond law enforcement.