Submitted by Editor on Sun, 2015-12-13 10:05 Bengaluru: One of the common social evils haunting our society is the Female Foeticide. Karnataka is reportedly notorious for female foeticide with few clinics running such a racket. Girl children are mercilessly killed even before they breathe their first outside the womb with many families preferring boys over girls. This has resulted in gender imbalance in all the districts of the state except, thankfully Udupi district. Stop here! Contrary to all these statistics, this story will give you some refreshing thoughts and bring a smile on your face. According to the latest data with the State Women and Child Welfare Department, when it comes to the adoption of kids by the childless in Karnataka, it is the girl children who are preferred more over the boys. Interestingly, this trend is not restricted to this state alone. Even at the national level, the trend is shifting towards girl adoption. This data related to the state over adoption of kids will give you a clearer picture. Between April 2013 and March 2014, a total number of 320 children were adopted officially in the state. Out of these kids, 129 were boys while 191 were girls! Between April 2014 and March 2015, a total of 411 children were adopted. Out of them, 184 were boys while 227 were girls. Between April 2015 and September 2015, where a total number of 148 children were adopted the ratio was 63 boys: 85 girls. National Trend: According to the officials concerned, between April 2013 and September 2015, a total of 9,425 kids were adopted across the country. And girls claimed the lion’s share at 5,534. In all, 3,891 boys were adopted by the couples through the government notified agencies. According to the activists, this is a right development towards making the girls more empowered and bridging the gender imbalance. "All these adoptions are executed through recognised nodal agencies and there will be no scope for any foul play. But more and more couples coming forward to adopt girl children, is really a positive sign. Situation was different earlier. Few years ago, majority of the couple were opting for boys. But this change in the mindset will definitely further strengthen women’s empowerment in its true sense," says Radhadevi, an adoption expert and a consultant working with an NGO.