Wednesday, April 13, 2011

On Killing

In India today, there are nine hundred and fourteen girls under the age of six to every thousand boys. That's nearly seventy girls disappearing every HOUR.

Fetuses aborted for being female. Girl babies abandoned at birth. Girl children left to fall prey to common childhood illnesses. All because society considers daughters of less value than sons.

Forty years back, India was one of the first countries to elect a woman as the Prime Minister. Indian women are heading banks, and manufacturing companies. They are sitting on the bench in the highest courts.

Yet the gender balance continues to worsen. Why?
drabble is a story told in exactly 100 words.

Last year, it was K for Kicking a Ball


Margot Kinberg said...

Natasha - What a horrific commentary on disregard for human life. We see this so many times throughout history, too. Whenever a group of people is considered "less," simply because they are members of that group, this leads to calamity.

Susan Oloier said...

I appreciate how you called attention to this tragic and terrible happening through your drabble. It really saddens me to think some people find this acceptable.

Anne K. Albert said...

Sadly, the same situation is happening in China. With the one child policy, boys now outnumber girls.

Dafeenah said...

It's strange. No matter how far we seem to have come, we really haven't gone far at all.


Marjorie said...

This just makes me so sad!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That's sad - and doesn't make any sense.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Natasha .. we may not be perfect here .. but at least we respect the rule of birth and every child has a right - but I guess labour is essential, boy oriented as far as the family is concerned.

Desperate .. but I suspect part of a culture that will be hard to break, until a few more generations have passed and India's economics is more fairly spread.

A sobering thought .. Hilary

Anonymous said...

It's so awful. I always think of the poor people who can't have children, yet others can just throw theirs away.

Chuck said...

Rayna, that is such a stark and pointed drabble. I really had no idea that this was still happening in India. Such a tragedy especially since so many women cannot have children.

Jemi Fraser said...

That is so sad. Why doesn't the world make sense?

Anonymous said...

~*Hugs*~... here in America the girls are what they desire, and than the boys unfortunately are getting the brunt of the role reversals... most women here would kill for a daughter!

Personally, I am taeching my boys they are a true blessing, intelligent, to have manners and respect, and be more than all the fake princesses we keep creating here


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