rediff.com

NewsApp (Free)

Read news as it happens
Download NewsApp

Available on  

Rediff News  All News 
Rediff.com  » News » REVEALED: The mystery behind India's missing girls

REVEALED: The mystery behind India's missing girls

Last updated on: September 12, 2013 13:07 IST

The mystery behind India's missing girls

     Next

Next

Promotion of sex-selection abortions as a population control strategy, crafted in the United States and then exported worldwide, has resulted in millions of missing girls in India, China and elsewhere, a Congressional human rights panel has been told.

"It was development professionals who first promoted sex-selective abortion as a potential solution to what they saw as the population explosion," Matthew Connelly, Professor at the Columbia University and author of Fatal Misconception: The Struggle to Control World Population told a Congressional hearing on Tuesday.

 Click on NEXT for more…


Photographs: Danish Siddiqui/Reuters

     Next

The mystery behind India's missing girls

Prev     Next
Prev

Next

Testifying before the Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organisations Subcommittee of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, he said that Planned Parenthood's head of research Steven Polgar was the biologist who found a method for sex-determination in utero.

Likewise Bernard Berelson, then president of the US Population Council, put forward in a 1969 article how sex selection coupled with abortion was a relatively "ethical" means to control the population, should it ever be necessary to go "beyond" voluntary methods of family planning.

Click on NEXT for more…


Photographs: Danish Siddiqui/Reuters

Prev     Next

The mystery behind India's missing girls

Prev     Next
Prev

Next

Connelly testified how the Population Council also sent the head of its biomedical division, Sheldon Segal, to New Delhi to instruct Indian doctors how to determine the sex of the unborn child while publicly advocating sex-selection as means to control population.

He shed light on the policy decisions made by non-governmental organisations such as Planned Parenthood and the Population Council, funded by foundations such as the Ford and Rockefeller Foundations, and by the United States Agency for International Development and the United Nations Population Fund and their impact on the present crisis in India and other countries such as China.

Click on NEXT for more…


Photographs: Krishnendu Halder/Reuters

Prev     Next

REVEALED: The mystery behind India's missing girls

Prev     Next
Prev

Next

A similar argument was made by Mara Hvistendahl, a correspondent and contributing editor with Science Magazine, in her testimony.

"By August 1969, when the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and the Population Council convened another workshop on population control, sex selection had become a pet scheme," Hvistendahl said.

Click on NEXT for more…

 


Photographs: Anindito Mukherjee/Reuters

Prev     Next

REVEALED: The mystery behind India's missing girls

Prev     Next
Prev

Next

Congressman Chris Smith, who chaired the House Foreign Affairs Human Rights Committee's hearing on 'India's Missing Girls', said sex-selective abortion and female infanticide have led to lopsided sex ratios.

In parts of India, for example, 126 boys are born for every 100 girls.

"This in turn leads to a shortage of women, which then leads to trafficking in persons, bride selling and prostitution. Perhaps the best figures we have concerning the magnitude of the problem come from India's 2011 census figures, which found that there are approximately 37 million more men than women in India," he said.

Click on NEXT for more…


Photographs: Ajay Verma/Reuters

Prev     Next

TOP photo features you missed last week

Prev     More

Click on MORE to see another PHOTO features...



Tags: 1

Prev     More
© Copyright 2013 PTI. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PTI content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent.