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South Asia Wired – India’s missing daughters

July 14, 2011

South Asia Wired – India’s missing daughters

While India’s economy and education rates grow, some backward practices live on. This year’s census showed that Indian families still prefer sons over daughters. In wealthy, urban areas, many more boys than girls are born.

The Pre Conception Pre Natal Diagnostic Techniques Act from 1994 was established to put an end to the practice of sex selective abortion. But after all these years only one woman has been brave enough to use it.

Mitu Khurana, a pediatrician from New Delhi, is currently fighting her in-laws for the custody of her twin daughters. Even though Khurana claims her husband and his family tried everything to prevent the girls from being born.

Listen to Mitu’s story on this week’s South Asia Wired. Just click here to listen.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. August 16, 2011 5:06 am

    It’s unacceptable for a child to be denied the right to be born just because she’s female! Advocacy has its place and its limitations – the government should act strongly against perpetrators of these crimes. That loud message has to be sent. The laws and the force of morality are on your side Dr. Khurana, and victory shall eventually come!

  2. vandana sharma permalink
    November 15, 2011 5:53 pm

    we all are with u Mrs. khurana. u are same as my elder sister. never give up ur determined hopes…i can feel your emotions.

  3. Kat permalink
    February 15, 2012 10:11 pm

    Dr Khurana – you are immeasurably brave. I am a British doctor with two daughters. I cannot imagine the horror of family trying to harm them. I pray your daughters will grow healthy, strong, compassionate, and secure in your love for them, so that they overcome this difficult start and live happy, safe, fulfilled lives. My prayers and best wishes for your campaign.

    Kat

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