Sex determination of the unborn child is considered a crime. Authorities are scared that if the birth of the male child is preferred, a proportional decline in the female population (compared to the male) is imminent. Low sex ratios in most Indian states confirm this.
This prejudice against female offspring is reprehensible - to the extent of being deplorable from an individual and a moral point of view. I would never indulge in such practices - and would never befriend anyone who is known to do so. But that is my point of view.
But consider this. If a family does not like a girl child (as some narrow minded Indian families don't) - and considers a the responsibility of parenting the same onerous - then we ask: should they be forced to have a girl child in the first place? It is extremely likely that they shall exploit the child - both sexually and physically. Is letting the child be born humane?
A concequence of girl child not being born, is the dip in the sex ratio. Lots of people contend that this dip in the sex ratio is unhealthy. But look at what it does: it reduces the population of that particular section of society - which would be better for soicety as a whole - as, essentially, it is that illiterate and ignorant section of society which creates population problems anyway. So is sex prediction, despite being extremely morally reprehensible a blessing in disguise?
After all, women give birth. If we have less women around (especially in the poorer sections, where such prejudices are rife) - then wouldn't it reduce the population of the nation in the long run? It is more likely that the population that it would be reducing would be that of unskilled workers. Less poverty? Better economic progress? More happy people? Is the recent legislation (passed by some state legislatures) banning sex determination tests populist politics? After all, 50% of the population is female. Their votes are invaluable.
This topic is a potential minefield. I already have faced fierce criticism from an outraged woman when I mooted this idea. She held that a low sex ratio would encourage sexual exploitation - more desperate men..... you get the idea.
I am sure that lots of people, not unlike the aforementioned woman will be repelled and disgusted by this idea. I'm not comfortable with this idea myself. I would like to discuss this with others and see what they think of about this. Your comments are welcome.