IJSRP, Volume 2, Issue 12, December 2012 Edition [ISSN 2250-3153]
Aithal U. B
Tcensus survey of India 2001 and 2011 shows the sex ratio of India is 933 and 940 as against 1000, whereas in the state of Maharashtra the ratio is 922 and 946 against 1000. The gender ratio of Kolhapur district is 949 and 953 according to the census mentioned above (2) and (3). There are several techniques adopted to check the population growth and abortion is one among such instrument. Even though, there are number of legislations to prohibit the sex determination, peoples use their own experience to identify the gender determination and will proceed for abortion if it is unwanted (5). In this study, two independent samples of size 400 and 600 were selected from urban and rural area of Kolhapur district (4). The sample consists of female’s having one child and is going for second during their reproductive period. The collected information is classified according to various characteristics and analyzed statistically (1). The result shows that abortions are mainly for gender preference and other related causes like family income, mother’s age and so on. It is not influenced by the level of education of the mother.