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Ayushi Agarwal

IWB Blogger

In Maharashtra, New-Born Baby Girls Are Called ‘Unwanted’. Literally

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  •  December 5, 2015


It is no secret that India has a patriarchal society. 

Unable to bear the fact, that a “baby Lakshmi” will be gracing their homes, many Indians succumb to the wrongful practices of female infanticide and foeticide.

However, with the new laws put in place by the Government, a chunk of the Maharashtran population has come up with a new way to degrade the status of girls.

They name their newborn daughters as “Nakusha”, which means “unwanted”. They do not even bother to christen the child with a proper name. All unplanned and unwanted baby girls are simply termed as Nakusha.

They are quite literally the discarded.

Seeking to challenge mindsets, the local government held a naming ceremony for these so-called ‘unwanted’ girls.

As part of BBC’s 100 Women project, 3 young girls were interviewed about their experiences, their dreams and how their lives have changed since they were rechristened.



Source: ScoopWhoop

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