Sex-Selective Abortion and the State: Policies, laws and Institutions in India is an incisive analysis of the countering of gender discrimination by the Indian State. The selective elimination of female foetuses due to not wanting a female child has led to an imbalance in the child sex ratio of India. The Census of India 2011 has revealed that there are only 919 girls per 1000 boys in the 0-6 age group. The book critically examines the policies, programmes, laws and schemes that have been unfurled by the state to improve the situation. It contextualises the debate, developments and disagreements that exist in the field by using a feminist theoretical lens. Can the state bring an end to sex-selective abortion and enhance the value of the girl-child in the country? What kind of role can the feminists play in enabling the state in doing so?
Bijayalaxmi Nanda teaches political theory and gender studies in Miranda House, Delhi University. She is a feminist activist and researcher. She has provided consultancy to various UN bodies on gender issues and has extensively travelled world over in connection with her academic pursuit. She is widely published and some of her academic writings include co-authored Human Rights, Gender and Environment, and co-edited Understanding Social Inequality: Concerns of Human Rights, Gender and Environment. Her forthcoming co-edited book Discourse on Rights in India: Debates and Dilemmas is under publication