NEW DELHI: A New UN report highlights how “son preference” and gender-biased sex selection (GBSS) has resulted in an estimated 460,000 girls, ‘missing’ at birth in India each year between 2013-17. Globally it is estimated that the number of girls missing due to GBSS has more than doubled over the past 50 years to touch 142 million in 2020. The UNFPA’s State of the World Population Report 2020 focuses on the problem of child marriage, son preference and gender biased sex selection (GBSS), and female genital mutilation (FGM). “According to estimates of missing female births due to pre-natal GBSS, averaged over a five - year period (2013-17), annually, there were 1.2 million missing female births, at a global level due
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