Print edition : May 03, 2013

A tribal child at her residence in Poringalkuthu Kadar colony near Vazhachal Forest Division, Thrissur district. The 'female deficit' in the 0-6 age group increased in six of the total 14 districts in Kerala in the two decades from 1991. Photo: H. Vibhu

Pulse polio distribution at the General Hospital, Thiruvananthapuram. Photo: H. Vibhu

Is there a shift in the attitude of Kerala society towards the value of daughters? Is son preference spreading in a State once known to be above extreme gender bias? A recent study on child sex ratio generates more questions than it answers.
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