Asian men will have a tough time finding a wife by 2020 if the ongoing perception that a male is better than a female child continues.
According to the China Press, an estimated 160 million female foetuses have been aborted over many decades due to the mistaken perception that the male is superior to the female.
And the trend is especially severe in China and India, where the ratio of the male and female population was seriously unbalanced.
"It is estimated that by 2020, it will be very difficult for hundreds of thousands of Asian men to get a wife," the Star Online quoted the paper as stating.
American author Mara Hvistendahl said in her new book 'Unnatural Selection' that many Asian parents only wanted male babies because of the belief and also due to the "one child" policy in China.
The daily said if nature was allowed to take its course, the ratio of male and female population should be 105 male to 100 female.
"However, the male population in many developing countries has far exceeded this ratio. In China, the ratio is 120 male to 100 female, India (108:100) and Armenia (120:100)," it revealed.