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Gujarat State Attempts to Control Population Growth

on 2001/6/15 9:44:02 ( 1244 reads )


AHMEDABAD, GUJARAT, INDIA, June 10, 2001: With the population increasing in the state of Gujarat year after year, the government has chosen to form a committee to draw up a proposal introducing legislation to limit family size to that of two children per couple. The proposal, which will become law one year after approval has been received by the Gujarat parliament, will provide rewards to couples who have two or less children. Reservations about the legislation have been expressed as it may be aimed at minorities whom the government feels are responsible for the population growth. It could lead to further abortion of female fetuses in a state where there are already 919 females for every thousand men. Nearly every abortion is of a female child now.

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