Asia: Heirs and spares
Financial Times, 11:14pm Sunday 10th July 2011
By Amy Kazmin, Patti Waldmeir and Girija Shivakumar
The political, economic and social consequences of a preference for sons – and an attendant shortage of girls – is alarming policymakers
In the Indian farming village of Medina, 200km from Delhi, the narrow lanes are clogged with high-end sport utility vehicles, reflecting the prosperity brought by rising land values to this traditional community. In their mud-floored homes, residents display flatscreen televisions, refrigerators and other modern conveniences.
But Medina’s families are also using their new wealth to acquire a scarce local commodity: teenage girls to act as wives for the community’s growing cohorts of unmarried men.
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