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"We hate daughters!" The message of India's 2011 census

Hello Friends,

India's 2011 census results were just out and the news regarding the gender ratio gap is awful. It is the worst in 70 years!

And it is not just selective female feticide -- what this census shows is that girls under 6 years are getting killed at an alarming rate. How are they getting killed? That is what this post on Gender Bytes is about. When we talk about 'gender ratios' what we forget is that we are talking about human beings, girls, -- human rights! http://tiny.cc/f9hiy

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Uloma ahanonu's picture

what is wrong with the

what is wrong with the india's government they dont know that the nation can not do without female gender (girls), how can they be killing innocent girls of 6 years 'i think the UN (united nation) should do something about that it. 'it just unfair.

Rita Banerji's picture

right!

You ask the right question Uloma -- "What is wrong with the Indian government?" We need to ask that.

Rita Banerji
www.ritabanerji.com

Uloma ahanonu's picture

thanks Rita Banerija, yes we

thanks Rita Banerija, yes we have to ask the indian government WHY because their atitude toward women and girls is very unfair, we have to look towards that, so let us contribute to the betterment of women, girls and children in the world especially indian

One of Many's picture

astounding, shocking

This genocide - femicide - is so incredibly tragic, including repercussions, causes, links, that lend successive layers of tragedy to the story.

I will ask my new friend Ruth for info on how to add the link to the main story to my facebook page.

Thank you, Rita, for sharing this with World Pulse.

Anna

Speaking my Peace

Rita Banerji's picture

It is a genocide

hi Anna,

There has been so much focus on 'female feticide' -- but what I've been trying to bring to focus is that the killing of females is systematic and occurs at EVERY stage of life. See this article I had written in The Journal of Gender and Sexuality -- http://intersections.anu.edu.au/issue22/banerji.htm

Rita Banerji
www.ritabanerji.com

One of Many's picture

amazing

The information is devastating, and your talent at creating that article is immense, too. I appreciate so much the work you are doing.

Anna

Speaking my Peace

Emie Zozobrado's picture

God bless His daughters!

The first time I learned about this, I felt so fortunate for being born a Filipino. However, my reflections drove me to rising anger - how could something so diabolic and incredibly inhumane be allowed to happen in our midst to this day?!!!! Culture or creed is no excuse for committing crimes, least of all something as heinous and gory as murdering the image of your own mother! This has got to stop! Rita, your 50MM is doing great work exposing this! I am with you ..

Always,
Emie Zozobrado

Rita Banerji's picture

Absolutely!

Hi Emie,

Thank you for your comment and kind words about the campaign. I keep saying that if there was a race or religion getting targeted and annihilated at this rate, the world would be outraged! Why are we so patient and accepting when the targeted group is women and girls?

Rita Banerji
www.ritabanerji.com

Domina Msonge's picture

UN ASS. SECRETARY IS A FEMALE

I think now is the test to Dr. Asharose Migilo to show the world that she can do something to those innocent girls.
We expect reaction from the UN soon.

Us as a team we have to stop this bad culture because it has gone too far.

Domina!

Domina

Rita Banerji's picture

Too Far!

That's right Domina. It has gone too far!! Enough is enough. People are sometimes so sympathetic and understanding. But if this was extermination of a race or religion -- we would not be so patient! The laws must be enforced and there must be government and international accountability. We must draw the line firmly. Thank you for your strong statement.

Rita Banerji
www.ritabanerji.com

rukky's picture

killing of 6 year old girls

I was quite touch. Whats wrong with having a daughter? Are there no laws in India? To be honest I am disappointed with the United Nations (UN). I think they ought to put some sense into the Indian Government. This girls are innocent, and yet killed at an alarming rate. A nation may not do with out this girls. One day they may be mothers or even be among the decision makers. Lets join hands and STOP the killing of the innocent girls. This is really pathetic!!!

Rita Banerji's picture

on laws

Hi rukky,

No, there are laws in India -- against female feticide, infanticide, and homicide! But they are not implemented. There is tremendous corruption. For eg. in in one state in India now there is a law that when a baby girl is born in the hospital the hospital has to maintain a register on her status. And the police has to follow up on that register and visit the home every month to make sure she is alive and well. But instead the police now use the register to blackmail the parents and take money from them. If they've killed the baby the police will take a bribe from them and not report them.

Rita Banerji
www.ritabanerji.com

Kodili's picture

hi

i think the situation is as ugly as age . i see life isnt save for indian girls, maybe there is no mother theresa for them i pray i become their mother theresa or some one greater . goodluck in your endeavour and god be with you for your concern i will be with u in prayers

kodilidins

Kodili's picture

hi

your a saint for this

kodilidins

Rita Banerji's picture

no saint :-)

Dear kodilidins,

no I am no saint :-) I am actually very angry. I am a woman -- and to live in a country where the message to me is that you have no value as a woman or girl! If I was Jewish and living in Germany during the holocaust, how would I feel if people were getting killed just for being Jewish?

Rita Banerji
www.ritabanerji.com

Funke Arogundade's picture

Incredible

Dear Collegues,
It is saddening to know that such is still happening in a place as civilized as that. I think something should be done fast to curtail this type of act. I would not ever like to be in a place like this. I have a very lovely girl of four, and i would not want any evil to happen to her hence i would rather stay in my beloved country.
For our dear sisters there,lets speak out for them please.

Cheers
funke

Rita Banerji's picture

thank you!

Dear funke,

You are right -- in that it is very important for women all over the world to be concerned and angry about this femicide. When Muslims were getting killed in Bosnia -- Muslims all over the world whether or not they were from Bosnia were angry. That is why I often wonder why this femicide does not make women in India and around the world angry?

Rita Banerji
www.ritabanerji.com

Domina Msonge's picture

ON LAWS!

Dear Rita!
I congratulate you for your courageous to put this bad situation in place. I agree with you concerning the available laws which are not implemented. One of my post I wrote on 6 infants in our country which were found dead in one pit covered with a single bed sheet with a government identity but nothing took place after the media reported.

I am not sure if I am late to give this idea, we were having task to provide an agenda to the UN on gender issue, why don't we use that chance as an opportunity to raise our voice?

Domina.

Domina

Rita Banerji's picture

I agree

dear Domina,

It is something I have been complaining about. One of the problems in the way ngos and international organizations are dealing with femicide in India is they try to convince people not to kill girls. Or give economic incentive. But the biggest gender ratio gap is among the more rich and educated. And they are also the ones who get away when they commit dowry murders because they have connections. In Guatemala where they had a femicide -- they way they have controlled it is the women's rights groups have -- first of all refused to accept that this is an issue of education. They said this is cultural machismo, that allows women to get killed and we have to confront that truth. Second they said -- this is not a social issue, this is a human rights issue and so the government has a duty to make sure the law is enforced. This is what we need in India too!

Rita Banerji
www.ritabanerji.com

Fardosa Muse's picture

Absurd

this is absurd,it's in human,tortured and pain to the innocent girl child.i peruse the article and it was like my world was ending.just close and didn't go back to continue.........killing girl child in direct way is something that triggers my mind every day,my question is what is the role of humanitarian agencies eg child right and save the children.
very unfair to rap with wet towel to innocent kids ,oh my GOD,how can they do such horrible thinks to you own flesh and blood.

fardosa

Every One, Every Day ,Every Way, Prevent Vi0lenCE AgainST W0men On YouR Way!

Rita Banerji's picture

your own flesh?

Dear Fardosa,

You have touched on a very important point! The reason the world remains silent on the femicide in India is because the girls and women are being killed by their own family. But then the basis of human rights is that no one has the right to abuse you or kill you -- not even your own family. So many children are sexually abused by their parents -- and governments and society must protect these children. It is the same reason that government and society must protect the lives of little girls and women -- even if it means protecting them from their own family.

Rita Banerji
www.ritabanerji.com

Adannaya's picture

Hmmmm!

It's quite a pity that in our time and age, such barbaric acts are stil being perpetrated and yet there is a government and law enforcement agents. It's really saddening, i only hope those of you down there can form a sort of activists' group and speak out with one voice agasint this malacious trend until u are been heard. All the best. *Adannaya*

debnathreema's picture

Lack of Light

Government can't do anything until and unless every single human on this earth realize that women is the mother of Life. It's very sad, when I hear from a woman that she wanted a son instead of a girl, when a woman says that men knows better let them decide, when a woman criticizes another woman for being strong and rebellious. What can we expect from a man and our government then?

Go for Humanity!
Reema Debnath

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