When reports emerged earlier this week that no girl had been born in 132 villages
in the small Himalayan state of Uttarakhand in the last three months
it sparked panic and prompted a government investigation into the matter.
The "no girl villages"
were reported from Uttarkashi, where some 400,000 people live in 550 villages
and five towns. Much of the terrain is hilly and remote. In a country which has been grappling
with an awful sex-ratio imbalance - largely because of illegal sex-selection abortions -
The reports said 216 boys and no girls were born in the 132 villages between April and June.
But officials found 180 girls and no boys were born during the same period in 129 different villages.
And to complete the mixed picture, 88 girls and 78 boys were born in another 166 villages.