Maneka Gandhi: 2,000 Girls Are Killed In The Womb Every Day
- JWB Discussion
- April 22, 2015
Despite laws that ban parents having tests to determine the gender of unborn children, sex selective abortions remain a common practice in parts of India, and have resulted in a decline in the number of girls compared to boys.
“You have 2,000 girls who are killed in the womb every day. Some are born and have pillows on their faces choking them,” Maneka Gandhi told NDTV news channel late on Monday.
India’s 2011 census showed that while the overall female-to-male ratio has improved marginally since the last census a decade ago, fewer girls were born than boys and the number of girls younger than six plummeted for the fifth straight decade.
A May 2011 study in British medical journal The Lancet found that up to 12 million Indian girls were aborted over the last three decades, resulting in a skewed child sex ratio of 918 girls to every 1,000 boys.
Gandhi said that the government’s “Beti Bachao Beti Padhao” (Save the Daughter, Educate the Daughter) campaign, which aims to reverse the declining number of girls, had already shown results since its launch in January.
The initiative, which is being run in 100 districts where the ratio of girls to boys is particularly low, aims to better enforce laws that criminalise pre-birth gender selection and improve girls’ access to education.
“We didn’t expect results to show for at least a year or two years, if at all, as it’s one of those mindset change things,” Gandhi said in her first television interview since taking office in May last year.
She added that the campaign had led to an increase in unwanted girl infants ending up in orphanages but said this was a positive response as it meant they had moved “from being killed to being thrown out”.
Discuss can we really consider an increase in unwanted girl infants ending up in orphanages as a positive outcome of the campaign. Something is missing, don’t you think?