The Morning Wrap: India's Sex Ratio Reaches Lowest Level Since 1961

31/12/2015 9:01 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
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INDIA - APRIL 17: Child being given a dose of Polio drops at Rural Village in Haryana, India (for the story on Sex Ratio of Girl Child) (Photo by Sipra Das/The India Today Group/Getty Images)

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The child sex ratio for the whole country now stands at 918, dipping further from 927 in 2001, and reaching the lowest level since 1961. But Sikhs and Jains, have turned the corner.

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