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Girls preferred

Girls preferred
At a time when child abuse and rapes are headlining news everyday, a silver lining has come in the form of adoptive parents in India choosing girls over boys. An RTI has revealed that of 3,276 children adopted in 2017-2018, 1,858 were girls. Normally, critics dismiss such numbers saying  more abandoned girls than boys are available for adoption in the first place and parents are hardly in a position to make the call. But the Child Adoption Resource Authority (CARA) busted that myth, saying gender options were given to would-be parents and the balance tilted a healthy 55:45 in favour of girls. If you thought this was a metro phenomenon, there’s more to be surprised about.
Maharashtra topped the list in adopting girls but it is heartening that in heartland states, known for their khaps, honour killings and low gender ratios, couples are adopting more girls. In Haryana, 31 girls and 19 boys were adopted while in Uttar Pradesh, 86 girls and 40 boys were adopted in 2016-17. Usually adoptive parents are comfortable with girls as they are more malleable and adaptive. They feel daughters would emerge as a responsible and caring generation. Besides they are free of the male appendage of bloodline continuity and make wiser choices. It also shows that schemes like Beti Bachao Beti Padhao have been successful in correcting mass mindsets.   


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