Cash for baby girls?

03Aug09

Idle gossip: Just heard a plan has been mooted to reward families for producing girls in Vietnam. If approved, families would receive a lump sum (VND2 million was suggested) and a monthly allowance, thereafter, until the girl becomes a woman and takes the first train to the big city. This plan is an attempt to address the lopsided boy-girl ratio for Vietnamese births, which in some provinces is reportedly 125 to 100 (as a result of selective abortion). With present trends, it’s estimated there could be approx. 3 million men grinding their teeth in frustration in a generation or so. It might sound like a peculiar plan to some overseas, but in the backwaters of Vietnam, a simple offer of cash might be enough to slow down the trend of selective abortion, but then sure what would we know.

Advertisements


One Response to “Cash for baby girls?”

  1. 1 Tom

    “approx. 3 million men grinding their teeth in frustration” …hilarious!


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s


%d bloggers like this: