Discard girl babies

The Indian government is planning to set up a network of cradles around the country where parents can leave unwanted baby girls. India banned gender selection and selective abortion in 1994) …. Last November a Japanese hospital announced plans to set up a “baby hatch” allowing mothers to anonymously drop off their newborns so they could be put up for adoption…. BBC

The supreme court has already made a law which forbids any sex determination while pregnant…. The researchers analysed autopsy reports of babies in three socially deprived parts of Delhi over a five-year period and discovered that the overall death rate for girls was almost one-third higher than that for oys. This was particularly the case for sudden, unexplained deaths – three out of four cases were girls. As a result of gender prejudices, in some states the male-female ratio is now so skewed that men are running out of potential brides. Many are resorting to “buying” girls from poor communities outside their region to bear their children. BBC

“People say, you have two girl children, you have done some sins in your past life,” said office manager Surinder Saini. “With a boy child, people say your generation will propagate, your older age will be safer. This is the concept of our society.” BBC

In China, footbinding was still continuing 100 years after a law had been billed against it. Japan and India had better hurry the hell up. Not that laws solve everything, but they do bring the issues into the public domain and start a process of action. Sloth is a way that maintains the status quo – and YOU are the sloth.

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