angalore: The first episode of the much-hyped and eagerly awaited talk show â€˜â€™Satyameva Jayateâ€™â€™ recently went on air on Star Plus. The show, hosted by Bollywood actor Amir Khan, aims to bring social issues to light. Khan, who is being hailed as Indiaâ€™s Oprah Winfrey has managed to do what countless organizations and government initiatives have failed to do: put female feticide in the national spotlight. The statistical evidence presented in the show is indeed disturbing. As per 2011 census, the sex ratio of children under the age of six was 914 girls for every 1000 boys. Studies show that in a natural world, without human interference or manipulation, the sex ratio should ideally be 1,020 females per 1,000 males. An interesting fact, however, is that Indiaâ€™s Muslims have a better sex ratio. According to the data analyzed from the 2001 census, the sex ratio of Hindus who make up close to 80 percent of the population was 931 while that of Muslims who make up less than 15 percent of the population was 936. A difference of five extra girls per 1,000 boys may seem small but when itâ€™s analyzed in the larger context, it makes a significant difference. This comes as a slap-on-the face of all who believed Islam oppresses women. There is compelling evidence to show that this analysis is not just a fluke. So, does this finding reflect the Muslim beliefs and values? Itâ€™s certainly possible but could something in addition to this also be at work? India RealTime takes a look at this interesting phenomenon A family, wanting to have only one child but culturally compelled to have a boy is more likely to engage in the shameful act of female feticide. In her book â€œUnnatural Selectionâ€, Mara Hvistendahl has documented a similar phenomenon observed in China. A family that wants to have more number of children, on the other hand, isnâ€™t very particular about whether a boy or a girl comes first, as long as the highly desirable boy is eventually born. To put it simply, itâ€™s possible that Muslims have a better sex ratio because they have bigger families. Religion and culture plays an important albeit subtle role in determining peopleâ€™s inclination towards preferring a son. Islam discourages Muslims from using contraception which is probably why they have bigger families and hence better sex ratio. Is it possible to change deeply held beliefs and prejudices? Khanâ€™s TV show certainly seemed to have the right elements needed to bring about this change.