Can Google help fix India s shortage of women?


India s newspapers are booming India wants Silicon Valley s tech giants to advice break an abnormal problem: The country has far too abounding men. Because of a alternative for macho children, India has one of the better gender imbalances in the world. Men now outnumber women by 43 million, according to the United Nations. The alterity is growing admitting bans on abortions based on the sex of a child. It s alike actionable for doctors to use an ultrasound to actuate the sex of a fetus. Analysts say both measures accept fabricated little difference. Now, India s Bloom Ministry has accustomed a charge from Microsoft (MSFT , Tech30) , Yahoo (YHOO , Tech30) and Google (GOOG ) to bind the advance of tests that can actuate the gender of an approaching child, according to Bindu Sharma, the agency s administrator of prenatal diagnostics. Google accepted its affiance in a account to , adage that it would attach to Indian regulations and not acquiesce advertisements or promotions of casework that would acquiesce for prenatal sex assurance and selection. Keeping in apperception the sensitivities absorbed to this issue, and to ensure that our technology is actuality acclimated to barrier this astern practice, we accept absitively to attenuate assertive agreement from actualization as autocomplete predictions and affectation a admonishing bulletin on accordant searches to acquaint users of the actionable attributes of this subject, a agent said. Yahoo and Microsoft did not acknowledge to requests for comment. Related: India s richest man offers chargeless 4G to one billion bodies It s not bright how able the agenda measures will be. In contempo years, Indian courts accept been asked to force the chase companies ban all after-effects with advice on sex selection, not aloof advertisements. The connected gender alterity suggests that a able preferences for macho babies persists in India, and that the prohibitions on sex-selective abortions and ultrasounds — both implemented two decades ago — accept not worked. Related: 900 actor Indians can t get online. Here s why. Research suggests ample gender imbalances can accept abstruse consequences, such as added crime, animal assaults and abandon adjoin women. The UN begin in 2015 that alike afterwards birth, girls are at a audible disadvantage in the country. Higher bloodshed amid girls can be carefully accompanying to a accepted alternative for sons in India, which is bidding in appropriate analysis for boys in agreement of affectionate advance in nutrition, vaccinations, admission to bloom analysis and affectionate care, the UN said in a report. (New Delhi) First appear September 20, 2016: 5:44 AM ET

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