India’s Vanishing Girls
ADF India is collaborating with ADF International to bring an end to one of the greatest injustices in India today – female foeticide.
Every year in India, baby girls are killed simply for being girls. In recent years, 19 million have died through abortion or by being killed just after birth.
The problem stems from a perception that females are a burden on families and have little or no value. The practice of killing baby girls is now routine, to the extent that for every 1,000 male births there are only 914 female births – 86 of every 1,000 girls are killed.
Existing laws were enacted to stop female foeticide, but enforcement of these laws has been feeble. (Between 2009 and 2014, there were only 206 convictions in a nation of 1.2 billion people.)
To make matters worse, some medical professionals and others are making money from exploiting the traditional preference for boys.
Check out our official #VanishingGirls website here.