A startling run of births without a single girl being delivered across Indian villages has led to accusations of sex-selective abortions.
Official data released by officials in India's Uttarakhand state revealed there were 200 births in 132 villages across the past three months.
There was not a single girl amongst them.
An official investigation has been launched by officials in the north India state, with an area surrounding the villages being marked as a red zone.
A team of 25 officials has been sent in to the area, Aljazeera reported .
"Of the 132 villages surveyed, 82 showed a higher rate of deliveries, so we will investigate those villages first," Uttarkashi's District Magistrate Ashish Chauhan told the news network.
"As of now, we cannot confirm whether any female foeticide had happened in these villages."
Mr Chauhan downplayed the data and suggested it was "not alarming at all".
The magistrate said the run of births could be a mere "coincidence".
Women's rights activist Nivedita Menon rejected his explanation, arguing that is was "completely unheard of" for no girls to be born in so many villages for so long.
Save The Children's Prabhat Kumar agreed, adding: "It cannot be a coincidence that not a single female child is born in 132 villages.
"It seems to be yet another case of discrimination and neglect towards the girl child."
While India outlawed selective abortion in 1994 the practice is still commonplace.
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