‘Indians Want Women as Deities and Wives but not as Daughters’
The preference for male children is common in many parts of the world.
It’s the strongest in China and India.
According to a recent UNICEF report, nearly 50 million girls are missing from India’s population as a result of gender discrimination.
The problem is increase due to scientific ways of detecting the sex of a baby and abortions becoming safer.
As Bismillah Geelani reports from New Dehli a campaign has been launched to turn things around…
At New Delhi’s Parliament Street, dozens of paintings hang on fence along the footpath.
One of them shows a girl sweeping the floor, washing dishes and serving her brother as he studies.
The slogan on another reads “Girls are the nation’s soul don’t kill them”.
A group of men and women dressed in black are stand nearby, singing:
“If you are alive believe in the victory of life, if there are heavens somewhere bring them down to the earth, you are alive.”
They are students and social activists marching for India’s vanishing baby girls.
Amongst them is Meetu Khurana, a doctor.
“What we are seeing is that the government is trying to protect the guilty.”
An estimated one million girls are killed in India every year either before or soon after birth.
The practice has been happening in some parts of India for a very long time. But in the last two decades with Ultrasounds more parents are opting for abortions after knowing the sex of their baby.
Vijay Laxmi Nanda is coordinator of the Camping Against Pre-birth Elimination of Females