| || Rajasthan is a major textile production centre and is known for dyeing and printing cotton and silk. These handcrafted products, that are extremely sought-after by foreign tourists, are produced by women. Indian women are most affected by the poverty that affects 25% of the population. Indeed, Indian tradition strongly gives preference to boys who represent the future of a family's name and its business, even in the poorest families. Boys will support their parents when they get old and when the parents die, the boys will carry out the religious cremation rites. Girls, however, are often seen as a curse as they will leave their families once they are married and their parents will have to provide a dowry. The (now repressed but still widespread) abortion of female foetuses, the death of baby girls and the rarely accidental sari fires occur in all social classes. Their increase is worrying the government who has noticed that some Indian states now have less than 800 women per 1,000 men. It is therefore trying to create legislation to solve the problem.
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