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About the issue – India’s Missing Girls


In the last two decades in India, 5 crore girls did not survive past the age of 6. It’s high time we stopped tolerating this.


When the 2011 Census of India revealed that we only had 919 girls to every 1000 boys, it shook everyone. It is a record that is the worst since Independence. The rate of decline in the decades since the 90’s, often touted as one of high growth, has been the steepest of all; by 31 points. In absolute numbers, 7000 girls go missing every day in India. Urban or rural, rich or poor, preference for a son over a daughter is frighteningly pervasive in our society. But it is the rampant misuse of ultrasound centers, and now fertility clinics, in determining the sex of the foetus and the subsequent elimination of girls is believed to be most important cause of this steep fall. Advances in science and technology, originally meant to provide appropriate health care to expectant mothers, are being manipulated to satisfy this desire for a son. Availability of cheap technology, but most of all complicity of authorities has allowed this flourishing illegal practice to permeate into rural areas as well, turning this into a national crisis.


It is important to recognize that the dismal Child-Sex-Ratio (number of girls to every 1000 boys between the age brackets of 0-6 years) is yet another brutal manifestation of the larger system of patriarchy combined with the unbridled culture of greed.However, it is time we moved beyond merely acknowledging this issue. Time has now come to make the government, its institutions even more accountable while also awakening the collective conscience of this society to act upon all forms of injustice.



At Abhedya, all through our 42 years of work with the poorest and most excluded communities, we have laid great emphasis on asserting women’s and girls’ rights as Human Rights.In our four decades of experience, we have seen that women and girls are not treated as equal to men and boys or even as human beings.


We also realize that this issue can only be thwarted by strong collective action – led by people like you, who firmly stand by the ideas of social justice and gender equality.





In India, the birth of a girl is not celebrated with as much enthusiasm as the birth of a boy. We are persuading people to change this habit and go out of the way to celebrate birth of girls in their neighborhood.

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