Friday, March 16, 2012

Female Genocide in India and the 50 Million Missing Campaign

Annual Rates of Female Homicide in India 
  • Female foeticide approximately 1 million
  • Female infanticide approximately 25000 in the State of Kerala alone
  • Dowry-related murders approximately 25000
  • Preadolescent mortality 1 in 6 dies before 15 yrs - Mortality rate 40% higher for girls under 5 than boys the same age (UNICEF)
  • Maternal mortality rate - 136,000 (1 woman dies every 5 minutes due to pregnancy-related causes, WHO)
The number one means of elimination is female foetal abortions. An estimated 1 million female foetuses are selectively eliminated in India each year, and that number is expected to rise to 2.5 million within the next few years. Method number two is female infanticide, a practice that has a long history in India. Rita Banerji

Editor: The WHO maternal mortality rate has been disputed.

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