240,000 girls a year die in India due to gender discrimination, study finds

240,000 girls a year die in India due to gender discrimination, study finds

Estimated figure does not include those who are aborted simply for being female, say researchers

Almost a quarter of a million girls under five die in India every year due to neglect resulting from society’s preference for sons, a gender discrimination study has found.

The figure does not include those aborted simply for being female, researchers wrote in the Lancet medical journal.

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