For the last 10 years, I have been researching, writing and working through my online campaign, The 50 Million Missing, to raise awareness about India’s ongoing female genocide. More than 50 million women have been eliminated from India, subjected to every form of violence, at every stage of life. (See this video)
I realize that many people don’t know! That’s why we have this campaign. And when they find out many are very supportive.
But I find, the biggest resistance in the west are are women’s and human rights groups, people who have some awareness about what’s going on, and who turn and look away even when I provide them with the information.
And I’m writing this blog to tell you about one such incidence with a blog called “Women Under Siege” and to ask why this is so? (more…)
Posted by Rita Banerji on July 3, 2012
Baby Falak before she died in the hospital
Baby Falak is finally dead after a long battle for her life in a hospital in New Delhi. India obsessing with its annual budget and cricket, was too busy to mourn this little girl. But then thousands of little girls are battered to death by their families in India every year. And baby Falak was just another one of them.
How low does India’s unchecked misogyny strike — the misogyny that so does not want women in its household? The misogyny that is so fixated on a narcissistic, obsession with male progeny and masculine lineage that it has killed more than 50 million women in 3 generations. Well it aborts millions of girl fetuses and murders thousands of women — using, dowry, ‘witchery’, ‘honor’ and widowhood as excuses! Yes! YES! EXCUSES! And it does not even spare little girls!!
Between 1985-2005, a study revealed, that there were 1.8 million little girls between birth and the age of 6 years, who like Falak, had been battered to death by their families. The research came to the conclusion (more…)
Posted by Rita Banerji on March 17, 2012
“Are you passionate about adopting stray dogs, or saving tigers, the environment or girl child?”
This was the question posed to readers in The Asian Age newspaper (April 17, 2010, p.16)
Could the mass annihilation of any other human group—the Jews, Tutsis, or Armenians, be put forth in such terms by a major newspaper?
More than 50 million women have been exterminated in India. Killed through selected feticide –Infanticide — Dowry murders. It is a blood bath. A systematic and targeted annihilation. A fallout of a raging, lawless misogyny.
Yet India and the International organizations have stubbornly refused to recognize this as a legal and human rights issue. They have refused to treat this like any other genocide.
Instead the effort has been to de-humanize the issue. To treat it more like a problem of demography and gender ratios, or perhaps conservation, like that of tigers and pandas, as reflected in the newspaper article cited above.
Indeed, most campaigns and projects seem to be transplants of World Wild Life Fund projects to save endangered species of animals. “Save the Panda.” Hence “Save the Girl.” ‘Incentives’ are provided to communities to ‘conserve’ the girls! They are similarly supplemented with all the appropriate props – badges, posters, greeting cards and calendars. Buy these things to ‘save the girl.’
But who is saving the girl ?
Will we have a “reserve” for them like we do for Pandas?
Will we breed them, so we can have more of them for posterity?
Will we export samples of successfully ‘saved girls’ to the Washington National zoo, and give them peppy names like ‘Sita’ and Gita’ so excited children gape at them in glass cages?
What will it take for us to learn that ‘saving the girl’ is not a hobby?
When will we acknowledge that the Indian girl is not a panda?
Posted by Rita Banerji on May 17, 2010
As an administrator of the 50 Million Missing Campaign against female genocide in India, one of the most frustrating challenges I face is when people question the term “female genocide”. Even more puzzling is if I ask ‘why?’ I don’t get a definite explanation!
I lay bare these facts: More than 50 million women have been killed in India over 3 generations. EVERY YEAR — more than a million unborn girls are selectively aborted; thousands of new born girls are strangled, poisoned, drowned or buried alive; girls under 5 are 40% more likely to die than boys the same age because of starvation and deliberate neglect (their parents don’t think girls are worth spending on); more than 25000 young married women are murdered for dowry; thousands more are tortured; 1 Indian woman is dead every 5 minutes because of pregnancy complications often due to forced and repeated abortions to rid the girls. Companies are now selling kits online to select out girls even before they are conceived!
Females in India are killed because they are regarded as undesirable — but usable and disposable objects. Like victims of any genocide. Then why is this systematic dehumanization of women and their massive annihilation not recognized as ‘genocide’? (more…)
Posted by Rita Banerji on March 23, 2010