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The ‘genocide’ of India’s daughters

We ask if the patriarchal mindset that runs across castes and class can be changed to prevent foeticide and infanticide.

Supreme Court judges in India have summoned the health secretaries in seven states over a worrying fall in the number of young girls in India.

They are demanding details about clinics flouting the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques Act – to determine the sex of unborn babies – with potentially fatal consequences.

The judges are blaming what they call rampant foeticide and infanticide, and they say the mindset of parents and society need to change.

The UN children’s charity UNICEF says the culture of favouring males in India is costing the lives of millions of young girls.

The agency says more than 2,000 illegal abortions are being carried out every single day, and it is dramatically altering the balance of the population.

It warns: “Decades of sex determination tests and female foeticide that has acquired proportions are finally catching up with states in India. This is only the tip if the demographic and social problems confronting India in the coming years.”

Speaking in April 2011, Manmohan Singh, the Indian prime minister, called for a crusade against the widespread practice of foeticide and infanticide.

“The people [district medical officers] who are supposed to be enforcing the [Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques Act] they themselves have the same patriarchal mindset and they don’t feel that it’s wrong to kill a girl child in the desire for a boy, naturally they won’t go and prosecute anybody. Add to it corruption [within the medical profession].”

– Mitu Khurana, a pediatrician and a women’s rights activist

“The falling child sex ratio is an indictment of our social values. Our girls and women have done us proud in classrooms, in boardrooms and on the sports field. It is a national shame for us that despite this, female foeticide and infanticide continues.”

The 1991 Indian census showed there were 945 girls for every 1,000 boys, aged up to six. Ten years later, it dipped even further to just 914 girls for every 1,000 boys.

But that is just the average. The figures are far worse in some states.

The 2011 census found there were 830 girls for every 1,000 boys in the northern state of Haryana. It was 846 in neighbouring Punjab state. And in the national capital territory of Delhi the figure was 866.

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Researchers from the Columbia University have published a study asserting that the 2000 census shows that the male-female sex ratio is skewed among U.S. born children of Indian parents, as well as with Korean and Chinese parents living in the U.S.

In India it is illegal to use tests or ultrasound to determine the gender of a fetus, but sex-selective abortion continues and is growing at an alarming rate. The United States has no laws against aborting a fetus based on gender.

from: The Times of India

NEW DELHI: UK, Canada and now the US — India’s obsession with sons seems to be going much beyond its borders. So is its skewed sex ratio.

An analysis of the 2000 United States Census has found a son-biased sex ratio among US-born children of Indian parents, with the odds of a boy increasing if the previous offspring is a girl.

If the first is a girl, the sex ratio is 114 boys for 100 girls. The male bias is particularly evident among Indian parents when it comes to the third child: If the first two children are girls, the ratio becomes 198 boys for 100 girls.

Thanks to Asians, US has got a skewed sex ratio

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