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UN says 140 million girls are `missing’

More than 140 million girls are considered "missing" today because of a preference for sons over daughters and extreme neglect of young girls leading to their death, the UN Population Fund says in its annual report.

The agency, known as UNFPA, also said that one-in-five marriages that take place today involves an underage girl and an estimated 4.1 million girls are at risk this year of being subjected to female circumcision, also known as female genital mutilation, or FGM, which has been condemned by the United Nations.


Dr Natalia Kanem, UNFPA’s executive director, said:…

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