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?
The ‘Women Under Siege’ blog, is a project that I believe is spearheaded by Gloria Steinem and says its aim is to document “how rape and other forms of sexualized violence are used as tools in genocide [of women] …throughout the 20th century and into the 21st.”
I found nothing on their blog on India!! So I asked the director of this blog if I could submit a piece, sending this article, as information on what I wanted to write about. She read it, marked the passages she wanted me to emphasize and asked for an 800 word piece, that talked about what the gendercide of India’s women actually entails and what the culture-specific factors are that hides the dirty secrets of this violence.
While I was working on that piece, the director of Women Under Siege sent me another piece which was written by two Spanish journalists on a article on India’s widows. The director was not sure asking if the information was true, and needed someone who was familiar with women’s issues in India to give them feedback. She said,“…they may be making generalizations that could offend some Indians. If you see a way to be more specific in places, please let me know. And whatever seems incorrect to you, please mark…appreciate your eyes on this!” I worked on that article too, and sent it back with my feedback, corrections, suggestions and information links, and told them what the Spanish journalists had written about is true and happening in India.
Almost immediately, they accepted all my corrections and suggestions for the Spanish journalists articles and published it right away. However they were were being rather evasive about my submission! The editor told me that a Pulitzer prize winning author was reviewing my article for them, some woman called Carole Woodier. I couldn’t locate this person on the web, and then what followed was very astonishing. Not only was a fictitious editing my paper, but apparently they didn’t have staff to check references initially, and then after a series of emails the editor basically told me she didn’t think that there was even a gendercide in India!!! In her words: “the conclusions [that there is a gendercide]went way beyond the facts.”
I was shocked!! This was racism at every level conceivable! My authority was good enough to correct and publish an article on the treatment of widows in India written by two European women. But it was not good enough to accept there was even a female gendercide in India! I realized later with the whole fictitious name had given me etc. they were interested in my expertise, but only to get work out of me to publish an article that two other other European women had written on the treatment of Indian women. They had no intention of publishing anything about the genocidal violence on Indian women!!
So what is the real reason that ‘Women Under Siege’ refused to publish this piece?
I’ve been told by many people that this is about the ‘abortion’ issue! American feminists are so terrified about the abortion controversy that they’d rather close their eyes to it being used as a form of violence on women in India as well as the other misogynistic killings in India. That’s a pity because I am pro-choice. I lived in the U.S. for many years, where I actively supported the pro-choice movement. And I take a pro-choice stand on India’s female gendercide. Women in India are battered into having back to back abortions, even if it kills many of them. Women who have daughters — have their daughters killed after birth. Women in India have NO CHOICE !
Yet, one thing I noticed when I looked up the other articles on this blog, is that irrespective of the country, be it in Asia, South America, Africa, the writers seemed to be all white women giving their perspective on violence on women in these countries!! That couldn’t be a co-incident now could it?
Please read this excerpt (below) from the article that I sent to Women Under Siege under the title “What’s Hiding the Ugly Secrets of India’s Mass Femicide” and do check out the links. Then tell me, why you think ‘Women Under Siege’ refused to publish this.
How far can gender-based hatred go? By 2030, India will have exterminated 20% of its women, about a 100 million women, for one reason only – because they were female!
This extermination involves the selective abortions of millions of female fetuses, as well as what Diana Russell termed ‘Femicide’, the hate-killings of millions of female infants, girls and women. In 2012 the UN-DESA (United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs) reported that of 150 countries, including those far poorer than India, India has the highest mortality rate for girls from birth to 5-years, and that in this age group, a girl in India is 75% more likely to die than a boy. In 2011 a study by the Harvard School of Public Health revealed that over a 15 year period, 1.8 million girls under the age of 6-years had been battered to death by their families. The survey also showed that these were the same homes where domestic violence killed women.
Burning women alive for dowry (wealth demanded by the husband’s family) is so pervasive it has acquired a hideous tag: “bride-burning.” A 2009 report in the Lancet based on hospital records showed that about 136000 women were burnt to death in India every year. In a television discussion , Supreme Court lawyer Indira Jaisingh said there were other forms of dowry murders that were not accounted for in these figures, such as by hanging, battering, and drowning. In 2012, on a T.V. show, Indian women testified how they were tortured by their husbands and in-laws to undergo multiple, back-to-back abortions when expecting girls, and how it took a toll on their bodies. Women frequently die because of this, and it’s one of the reasons why India has the highest pregnancy related mortality rate in the world – one woman dies every 5 minutes.
India’s misogynistic savagery is globally unprecedented. It exists across all classes irrespective of education and wealth. What allows it to continue this way?