Pakistan is facing a growing gender imbalance due to a parental preference for boys over girls. Increasing numbers of educated and wealthy women are choosing to abort female babies. As ultrasound technology becomes more widely available experts predict that Pakistan’s gender gap will only get worse.
While India and China have long been in the spotlight for having a similar problem, the crisis in Pakistan has largely been hidden because the country has not published a population census in the last 14 years. But experts who have studied the problem say their research shows Pakistan is facing a growing deficit of baby girls and that if this imbalance is not addressed, it will likely cause severe social and economic distress.