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Prevent female infanticide

What is infanticide?

Infanticide is the unlawful killing of very young children. It is found in both indigenous and sophisticated cultures around the world.

Female infanticide is the deliberate killing of girl babies. It is also described as gender-selective killing or "gendercide". (Similar words like 'gynocide' and 'femicide' are used to describe the killing of females of any age.)

Female infanticide is more common than male infanticide, and in some countries, particularly India and China, is likely to have serious consequences on the balance of the sexes in the population.

The reasons behind it are almost always cultural, rather than directly religious.

The causes:

Anti-female bias
Societies that practise female infanticide always show many other signs of bias against females.

Women are perceived as subservient because of their role as carers and homemakers, whilst men predominantly ensure the family's social and economic stability.

India is also the heartland of sex-selective abortion. Amniocentesis was introduced in 1974 "to ascertain birth defects in a sample population," but "was quickly appropriated by medical entrepreneurs. A spate of sex-selective abortions followed." (Karlekar, "The girl child in India.") Karlekar points out that "those women who undergo sex determination tests and abort on knowing that the foetus is female are actively taking a decision against equality and the right to life for girls. In many cases, of course, the women are not independent agents but merely victims of a dominant family ideology based on preference for male children."

PCA is committed to educating people against this, our volunters and members have initiated a study on female infanticide, and are working on educational videos and literature against it.

See the work of researcher Sarbjit Kaur in the area of gender imbalance. Click here

PCA is presently undertaking a project to create awareness on the issue of Female Foeticide. Please contact us as we are currently recruting volunteers for this imporatnt project.

http://www.gendercide.org/case_infanticide.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/ethics/abortion/medical/infanticide_1.shtml

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