Strong preference for sons still prevalent in Indian families, shows survey

Preference for sons is still strong among Indian parents, says the latest Economic Survey presented in Parliament. The survey gives an overall picture of the country ahead of the Budget.

"Indian parents often continue to have children till they have the desired number of sons. Families where a son is born are more likely to stop having children than families where a girl is born." - Economic Survey 2017-18

There are over 21 million girls whose parents actually wanted boys

The survey comes a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi acknowledged women who have excelled in various fields in his monthly radio show Mann Ki Baat.

This year's economic overview says that on some indicators like jobs, use of contraceptives and the preference for a son, India has some distance to travel despite its economic progress.

United Nations report says Indian families believe a son can support their economic needs

On a brighter note, the survey says India has done better that other economies on many counts.

Over 62% women in India were involved in decisions about their own health in 2005-06 and this increased to 74.5% in 2015-16.

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