Throughout human history, a masculinised population has translated into criminal and violent conflict; and contrary to predictions that females would become more valued in their scarcity, a masculinised sex ratio has instead amounted to the increased likelihood of girls and women contending with rape, abduction, bride-sharing, trafficking, forced marriage, and various other forms of violence and discrimination.
Both India and China are proving no exception to past experiences, with a significant correlation between increased crime and the falling female component of the sex ratio in India, and a doubling of crime rates during the recent period of male-dominated sex ratios in China.
Defying widely held impressions, the crime of rape is yet to be officially linked to masculinised sex ratios. Yet, according to 2011 statistics from India’s National Crime Records Bureau, rape has been the country’s most rapidly growing crime since 1971.
Increasing by a staggering 792 per cent in those 40 years, rape dwarfs the rise in other serious crimes such as murder (106 per cent), armed robbery (27 per cent) and kidnapping (298 per cent).
At the same time, in India’s states where the sex ratio is highly skewed in favour of males, the daily reports of rape and gang rape are consistent with notions that a surplus of men, devoid of the feminising influence of sisters, girlfriends and wives, are driven towards committing violent crimes against women.
In fact, it might well be said that to deny the link between the country’s masculinised sex ratio and national average of 22 women raped each hour is to live in disgraceful disregard for the lifelong suffering the crime inflicts upon girls and women.
China and India are not the only nations with masculinised child sex ratios.
Pakistan, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and Hong Kong in Asia, and the east European countries of Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Serbia are plagued by decreasing numbers of female births relative to those of male births.
This has significantly distorted ratios of females to males among children aged from zero to six. Most often this is described as gendercide or the killing of specific members of a sect.
But today’s skewed sex ratios amount to outright femicide or the killing, specifically, of women.
In fact, were the girl child instead the endangered white rhinoceros, the entire world would be up in arms on her behalf.