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To kill an infant because they are female.
In some cultures males are more highly regarded and valued than females, which can cause female infanticide i.e. China 2007 maintains a rule, the One Child Policy, that you can only have one child, or be severely penalized for having more than one child.

Hindu's and Muslim's have a long tradition of females having to be married with a dowry, which can lead to poorer families committing female infanticide.
by The Moody Poet January 21, 2007