Over 3 years, 60% of children adopted in India were girls

In a society obsessed with the male child, more and more childless Indian couples—and single parents—are opting to adopt girls.

The trend is nationwide, and at the forefront of this change are the states of Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. Even bastions of patriarchy, such as Uttar Pradesh and Haryana, are yielding.

Between April to June 2015, child adoption centres across India received 1,241 requests to adopt a girl against 718 for a boy.

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