India’s national shame: disposable girls

Posted By on May 26, 2011

Mariette Ulrich just posted an excellent commentary:

My husband and I have seven daughters. Each one is loved and cherished for the unique person that she is. It’s horrifying and mind-boggling to be reminded of how girls are regarded in some parts of the world.

India’s 2011 census shows a serious decline in the number of girls under the age of seven – activists fear eight million female foetuses may have been aborted in the past decade.

Of course the underlying malady has been omnipresent in India for centuries, and not just (as this BBC story seems to imply) since the 1970s and 80s, when prenatal ultrasound screening and sex-selective abortion became rampant. Before that, there were other methods to deal with unwanted girls: infanticide, abuse, neglect, abandonment….

Sorry, but the medical profession is not the problem. They are only providing a service, for which there is an insatiable demand. The demographic gender imbalance is not the issue, but the symptom of a fundamental cultural and societal disease.

Read the entire piece HERE.

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Jennie is the wife of Matthew and mother of ten children, all of whom keep the household bubbling with life, learning, and levity. Jennie co-founded LAF in 2002 with Lydia Sherman and has been delighted to hear from women all over the world who enjoy their femininity and love to cultivate womanly virtues.

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3 Responses to “India’s national shame: disposable girls”

  1. Renee Stam says:

    this post makes me sad and mad! Feels for all the women in India and for the lost girls. Is there anything that can be done???

  2. I know how you feel, Renee. There are a lot of good Christian organizations working in India to help girls and women. See http://rahabsrope.com for a ministry to young women forced into prostitution and The Respect for Life Centre.

  3. Sherrin Drew says:

    Thanks for sharing this. It makes me so grateful to live in a time and culture where I have been taught that women are valuable and precious creations of God, so I can enjoy my little girl to the full rather than wishing she was a boy!!

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