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A Women's Work is Never Done
Due to strong stereotyping of female and male roles, boys are considered more useful they are more likely to receive education so women and girls are pressured into working in agriculture and farming. These activities require no formal education so only a very small per cent of girls even attend school.
This low literacy rate has a very negative impact on family planning and population stabilisation as it has been shown that literate women are more likely to use contraception even when they are economically dependent.
Additionally the ratio of female to male babies born is only 914 females to 1000 males due to cultural preferences for males and cheap ultrasound technology, selective abortions and female infanticide. Nevertheless the National Crime Statistics Bureau and National Family Household Survey there is less violence towards women in villages than in urban areas.
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