Corpse Brides and Forced Abortions

4/02/2013 DK 0 Comments

Corpse brides and forced abortions
Consequences of China's one-child policy

I found an article on Vice which discusses the negative consequences of China's one-child policy, including child-bride trafficking, corpse brides and forced abortions. A part of the passage is copied below.
In China, women are the runt of society's litter. You probably already know about the one-child policy that has had families actively sidelining the fairer sex for years—a millennias-old preference for sons in Chinese society means that, if couples can only afford one child given the financial penalties for multiple kids, they tend to go for boys rather than girls. Predictions state that there will be between 30 to 40 million fewer women than men in China by 2020, which sounds like it'll be a pretty lonely year for many in the People's Republic.The terrible male-to-female ratio in China has caused people to resort to desperate measures. There has been a rise in child-bride trafficking from both within and outside the country. Other parents have been so intent on their sons getting married that they have resorted to fixing up "ghost marriages," where female corpses are dug up and reburied next to deceased bachelors so they can have a bride in the afterlife. Which I guess is a consequence you don't normally have to consider when you're drawing up social policy.
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