India has long struggled with an inordinate number of male births, and female infanticide -- the killing of newborn baby girls -- remains a problem. The abortion of female fetuses is a more recent trend, but unless "urgent action is taken," it's poised to escalate as the use of ultrasound services expands, the United Nations Children's Fund said in a report this year.
The latest official Indian census in 2001 showed a steep decline in the relative number of girls aged 0-6 years from 10 years earlier: 927 girls for every 1,000 boys compared with 945 in 1991. In much of northwest
A Boston Globe story on this topic in 2006 estimated that 10 million young women were “missing” in India alone, and the number must be far higher in
The loss of any child is a tragedy. But women enrich, bless, and anchor human culture in so many ways that men either cannot, will not, or do not. The mystery that is gender is the most fundamental and precious form of human diversity. To dramatically alter the balance of gender toward males in the two most populous countries in the world is nothing other than a Holocaust, and one for which the world has barely begun to suffer the consequences, which will persist for decades.
Yet sadly the supposedly pro-female organizations (take NOW as an example) are utterly silent on this matter. NOW simply has nothing to say about these 20 or 30 million “missing” women.
Why not? The loss is so staggering.