Not unwanted: Derogatory name shames hundreds of Indian girls 

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WHAT: Disgruntled traditional parents name thousands of infant girls across India “Nakusa,” which means “unwanted.” To help fight national gender discrimination, the government held a name-changing ceremony for 285 such girls.

WHY: Indian families want male offspring so they won’t need to pay enormous dowries to marry off daughters. This results in widespread abortions of female fetuses, or severe neglect leading to a higher death rate among infant girls.

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT:
A shortage of women threatens India’s future. This year’s census showed the national sex ratio dropping from 927 to 914 girls for every 1,000 boys younger than 6. Some provincial ratios are as low as 881 girls to 1,000 boys.

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