This is how the Prime Minister of India described the practice of female foeticide, the selective abortion of girls that has seriously skewed India's sex ratio. And flying in the face of the old progressive development mantra that education and prosperity will take care of all social ills, the most abortions take place in the richer and more prosperous parts of the country. The educated prize their daughters even less. (CNA. Hindustan Times)
It's good that the Dr. Singh is speaking up on this. Pre-natal sex testing of unborn children has been illegal in India for decades. Needless to say, a lot of things are illegal in India but occur nonetheless. Whether this will change cultural attitudes ... who knows?
Indeed, it is inhuman, uncivilized and reprehensible that any child should be killed in the womb, and denied the most basic right of all, the right to life.
Somehow, nothing I read from India (apart from the Catholic press) makes that connection at all. The overall paradigm remains: "access to abortion = women's rights, development, GOOD." But now, "abortion of girls = BAD" because it's screwing society up. I suppose it's a good thing that a patriarchal society is better off because somehow killing boys is ok, or at least less worse?