Women are an endangered species in India. "Raising a daughter", said an old Punjabi saying, "is like watering your neighbor's garden." In the last 30 years India has lost over 46 million girls to gender-biased sex selection. Due to the devaluation of women and illegal expensive dowries required by the groom's family, women are holding out for boy children. Sons are preferred in India because boys will be more prosperous and take care of their aging parents. They carry on the family name and are the ones to inherit family wealth. Girls are seen as a drain on family resources. Many women rely on illegal ultrasounds to determine sex, often leading to the aborting of girl fetuses. The world's largest democracy is experiencing a shift in the ratio of men to women as more girls are lost. The long-term effects are coming to fruition; orphanages filled with girls, schools filled with boys, villages with shortages of brides.