Indian Child Sex Ratio
For the last 60 years there's been a consistent decline in birth/survival of girl children. As of 2011 the Child Sex Ratio is less than 800 in many districts. Girls under 5 years of age have a 75% higher mortality rate than boys that age. Author Larry Milner states “Each year, 12 million girls are born in India but 1.5 million die before they reach their first birthday; only 9 million are still alive by age 15 years.” Click here for real life Youtube videos on these issues.
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Foeticide: An estimated 1'000'000 fewer girls are born every year because of the spread of cheap, prenatal sex determination technology. New-York Times' 2006 article suggests that 7000 girls are being aborted 'everyday' because their parents didn't want a girl child.It'sa girl
Infanticide: Each region has had its own established, traditional way of killing infant girls, methods which include drowning the baby in a bucket of milk, feeding her salt, or burying her alive in an earthen pot. Modern methods involve inducing pneumonia & diarrhea to make the death look natural.
Abandonment:Thousands of girl babies are abandoned every year on road sides, in fields, outside temples and churches, public bathrooms, and inside garbage cans. As per Times of India, of the 11 million abandoned children, 90% are girls.
Neglect: If a girl escapes foeticide,infanticide and abandonment, she is denied access to immunization, nutrition and medical care, leave alone education. She remains a liability of the family and lives a life of humiliation. In Oct 2011, 265 girls from Maharastra's Satara district were renamed from Nakushi meaning 'unwanted', after an intervention by social activists.
Urgent & Corrective action:
Schemes like banning Pre-Natal Determination Test (PNDT Act) and providing financial reward to families giving birth to a girl child, have failed to generate gender equality in India. Other schemes like subsidy on the girl child’s education, spreading awareness and sensitizing the community at large to value the girl child may take decades to change the mindset of people, while thousands of innocent lives are being lost every day. Nothing short of a systemic social change will bring about any practical differences or provide a sustainable solution to this problem.
To bring a positive and lasting change in the mindsets of the offenders, using media & counseling Talitha Cumi will sensitize communities in high risk areas to promote equality & respect for the girl child.
In order to transform the girl child’s image from a perceived liability into an asset, in high risk villages Talitha Cumi will start Girl Child Development Centers that'll provide qualitative & wholesome education along with vocational skills to enable daughters to be self sufficient and emotionally & financially independent. The objective is that the girls from that generation onwards become an example that a girl child is an asset to the family, community and country.
Images © Grace Willan & Cameron MacMaster. The children in these images have no connection to the issue of girl child discrimination.
About Talitha Cumi
Talitha Cumi India is a registered non-profit organization based in New Delhi, India. Talitha Cumi India was created so the precious but unwanted daughters of India can be rescued from death and discrimination, who'll then live to become revolutionary assets by being independent, fulfilled and cherished components of our society while carving a distinguished niche in society and reclaiming their self-worth.
1) To reach out and rescue the girl child from foeticide, infanticide, abandonment & neglect and to provide non-institutionalized, family based upbringing to the rescued children.
2) To educate and liberate the girl child emotionally & financially so as to promote a sense of self-sufficiency, respect in society and to lift the 'burden' tag off of her.
- Mrs A. Chhetri
- Mrs S. Livingston
- Mr G. Koshi
- Mr N. Tonk
Who should help ?
Oseola McCarty, who after seventy-five years of eking out a living by washing and ironing, gave $150,000 to the University of Southern Mississippi as a scholarship fund for African-American students. As per the Global Rich List if you earn $200 per month (roughly Rs 11'000) then you are you're in the TOP 15% richest people in the world. Sometimes just a portion of our lifestyle can actually change someone's life.
Save India's DaughtersWith your help - they can live and live a life of dignity. She should grow up in her own family (not in a brothel or orphanage) and not be a burden to her parents. She deserves nutrition, vacination and education equal to that of her brother. She should be allowed to grow up to be a beautiful and able woman and not a liability to her family. You can bring a lasting change in the life of millions of oppressed daughters of India. Please consider making a financial donation (online or offline) that would enable us to save future sisters, wives and mothers of this nation. Indian donors can make online/offline donations in the following bank account:
- Account Number: 04847620000010
- Name on the account: Talitha Cumi India
- Type of account: Current
- Bank Name: HDFC Bank
- Branch: Sunder Nagar, New Delhi
- IFSC Code HDFC0000484
All donations are exempt under section 80G of Income Tax Act. For donation related queries or to partner with us, please write to email@example.com or call us at +91-987-3686-3-six-zero .
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Reasons for this cruel gender bias :
Economic utility :
Many families, all ranging from poor to (even very) rich financial backgrounds, consider the girl child as undesired and a burden. Dowry for a girl often exceeds the savings of lifetime. Borrowing money for the daughter’s dowry is very common among middle class Indians families. These families believe that money spent on a girl education never comes back as her career financially benefits her husband and the family she’s married into. An old Indian saying goes “Raising a daughter is like watering your neighbour’s garden” i.e the fruits won't be yours.
In the ‘joint family culture’ of India, daughters apart from being a financial liability, do not support the aging parents. Sons act as financial security for the aging parents. Upon marriage, sons bring in a daughter-in-law, providing additional assistance in household work and bringing an economic reward through dowry payments, while daughters get married off and bring economic penalty through dowry charges.
Socio-cultural utility :
India's patrilineal and patriarchal system of families is such that having at least one son is mandatory in order to continue the familial line, and many sons constitute an additional status to families. Women who bear sons are considered blessed and is looked up to in the society while the opposite is implied to a woman bearing daughters.
Another factor of female de-selection is the religious functions which only sons are allowed to perform. Indian religion lays down the mandate in which it is mandatory for sons to kindle the funeral pyre of their late parents and to hereby assist in their soul salvation.
A combination of poverty and deep bias against women creates a remorseless cycle of discrimination that keeps girls in developing countries like India from living up to their full potential. It also leaves them vulnerable to severe physical and emotional abuse. These "servants of the household" come to accept that life will never be any different.
Images © RURO Photography. The children in any of the images on this website have no connection to girl child discrimination.