Female infanticide is the intentional killing of a girl child due to the strong partiality for boys over girls by parents and communities. This type of preference for sons often results in the neglect of the basic rights of girls, including their health, nutrition and education and, on a more extreme level, may lead to female infanticide, which may occur deliberately or through forms of neglect, such as starvation.
Based on United Nations (2013). Ending Violence against Women and Girls: Programming Essentials. Available at: