Female Infanticide in India: Baby Karishma's Story

Rita Banerji
Posted June 30, 2010 from India

One of the issues that The 50 Million Missing Campaign I administer to deals with is female infanticide in India.

It was reported that Kerala, the state in India with the highest literacy, more than 90% literacy, had more than 25000 female infanticides last year. That is the lower end of the infanticide scale.

Historically there have been regions in India known as kuri mar -- daughter killers. These communities were proud that they only had sons. No daughters! As per custom every new born girl would be killed.

This is the story of Baby Karishma, one of the hardest and most painful cases that the 50 MM had to deal with. http://genderbytes.wordpress.com/2010/05/17/her-story-karishmas-grandmot...

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  • Olutosin
    Jun 30, 2010
    Jun 30, 2010

    I have read and hear so much about India in the past two months that I felt like I am Indian.....but I feel so sad at my helplessness.....My inability to do anything for these women and girls... You are doing a good job Rita. may God help us...

  • Rita Banerji
    Jul 01, 2010
    Jul 01, 2010

    dear Olutosin,

    how many cases can an ngo handle? There are thousands of baby girls killed in India -- like karishma, every year. There are 25000 young women atleast, who are murdered for dowry in india every year!

    by taking on even a dozen cases no ngo can make any difference. In a massive human rights situation like this -- across the board -- the only change can come from the effective action of law and order through the government.

    Can you give me even one example of a human situation anywhere in the world where thousands of people were been abused, tortured and killed -- and the change in that situation happened through educating people? Or enlightening people? Or through ngos? We fool ourselves Olutosin!

    If a race or religion was getting killed anywhere in the world we say bring out the forces. Stop this now! Why don't we say that with women? Why do we as women sell ourselves short?