Cash for baby girls?
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.
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