A skewed male-female ratio that is particularly pronounced in the North, especially Haryana, has led to a shortage of brides, and young men are hard put to find a suitable partner as a result.
Sex-selective abortions though not permitted are rampant as families prize boys mostly for economic reasons. India banned prenatal sex determination tests in 1994 after it became evident that families were aborting female fetuses. Mobile medical vans made sex-determination tests accessible even in the remotest villages and sadly female infanticide is also a contributing factor.
In Haryana there are 834 girls per 1000 boys age 6 and under, according to census figures. Across India the ratio has fallen to 919 girls for every 1000 boys for the same age group, the most uneven level since modern India was founded in 1947.