Nearly thirty percent of Indians live in poverty and for women this economic position brings a life of animosity. The parents of the bride must give a dowry which often renders them bankrupt. As a result female infanticide is a common and established practice. The girls that are not killed are practically enslaved, forced to break stones or sell their bodies to support their existence. But now the women are defending themselves by forming associations which offer help in education, savings and loan arrangements.
It's all done in ambition that through giving women more effective role in the society more girls will be rescued. The NGOs have been battling for more than 15 years against female infanticide in India's non-urban areas. In 80 villages, they have helped women to form groups that basically oversee homes where a birth is about to happen. Traditional healers know many different ways to kill a baby: feeding it with poisoned or very hot food, wrapping it in water-soaked cloths and placing it under a cooling fan, choking it with a pillow or simply letting it starve.
People accept the first girl, the second girl should be murdered, and then the third child is expected to be a son. People believed that women who only give birth to girls bring bad luck. The women's group is trying to explain to everyone that this is not true. But the reality is on public show in schools. There are more boys than girls, and that ratio is the same in all of India. In some areas, there are barely 700 girls for 1,000 boys. And many families don't even send their daughters to school in the first place.
After getting married, a daughter will leave her parents' house, and an education will probably not change that. The campaigns have put a stop to female infanticide in many villages. But there still are some isolated cases.
"No parent has wished anymore than good future for their children." It's just, not all parent do know the difference between good and bad specially when their only tool of weighing between the two is religion and faith to deity. Where their is faith to God's and Goddesses, there is terrorism and butchery to humanity specially to helpless women & children. Very sad reality.
The worst part is this kind of criminal mindset in institutionalized in India. Though they have tried to develop laws to create a facade of justice and equality, but it is hardly implemented anywhere. And this kind of culture is more prevalent in Indian Hindus compared to India christians, muslims or other minorities. Sad. Horrible.
There is a less evil way to prevent their dreaded girl child of India. Stop having sex.
I am glad that at least one group has found the answer that MANY others need to follow: Gathering together to support your best interest.
The people of most nations fail miserably to do that. In most countries, supporting a political party is NOT doing that at all; it is only supporting the interests of the swamp; the entrenched power that causes all the problems for the people. People need to gather TogetheR outside of any political party. The tea party was such a gathering, of course maligned and lied about frequently by the major media because it was a real threat to the powers that be.
Supporting a group based on most religions or races will result in similar support of nefarious activity by those in control. Malcolm X eventually realized that true change required an all inclusive common ground. That of course would have ended the powers that be "divide and conquer" reign of power, so he was killed. Same for MLKing.
It would seem the powers that be in India have found a way to keep the poor people poor and in need, the dowry. The powers in most nations have found some method to keep the poor down. They have been trying to largely increase the quantity of poor in the usa, which once had a huge middle class.
The poor are much easier to manipulate to the desires of the powers that be. The poor also make them feel much more superior.
What I would like to know is if most of India believes in a Higher Power or even Karma, how do they justify such baby killing? It is only a rhetorical question since so many people are able to justify anything when it comes down to money; no matter if they be poor or ultra rich.
Is "education" the answer? Not if a proper rather than distorted moral education is excluded. That is how the abortion profiteers and other family destroying and dehumanizing minions of the worlds elite families (powers that be) have taken over. Tis the Marxist method, as well as others.
I can't wait to see a future of India with the men marrying each other, a world that disrespects and mistreats the temple that gives life has no place in the world, -just like you were brought into the light... let darkness take you back.
don't they know its the sperm that finally sexes the baby so kill the hubbies it's their fault.this practise is disgusting and so is their caste system i.e treatment of the Dalits.these people need to grow up
don't they realise it is the husbands sperm which determines the sex of the baby in the end so kill the hubbies lol
Similar situation in China.
Only education can cure this horrific crime against women!
india has a fascinating culture!
I cannot bare to watch this documentary. India, I am not surprised. What authorization does Hinduism give for this horrible practice? Disgusting at the very least!
Sick film. I could not bare to watch it!
How ironic, considering only the man make a baby boy.
superstitious barbaric savages incredible that this behaviour is going on in a country that is sending rockets to other planets this is pure evil.
I do not like the way the translation made... when sundara selvi was speaking at 16:15 she says she is missing her family. not about dowry. I agreed there are infanticide at some parts of India for which most of NGO are fighting along with Government to eradicate these incidents. Please translate exact meaning .
The suffering of these women is unspeakable. To know this exists--as do the Warren Buffetts, Brad Pitts, and Madonnas of the world--and then to do nothing more than export children instead of GIVING MONEY to whole villages is a disgrace. If the top one per cent of the United States' moneyholders opened their purse strings without conditions, they would solve all the world's problems in five years. But it's always been that way. Always. At the very least, those of us who have only a dollar to give can give it, as I will. Thanks to the makers of this disturbing but wonderful doc.
Absolute respect for those women for sticking together and working for a better future.
Responsible politics, Education & Population Control - only thee 3 things can solve India's all the problems.
What are ways to help women in India?
They make this system sound ancient when in fact it is only about 500 years old. In antiquity, women were never treated like this.
What a backward society! I could not bare to watch this film, sorry! America is just as bad with abortion I guess. Jesus weeps!
'City of Widows' - the Indian women relying on charity
14 October 2013 Last updated at 08:25 BST
India's elderly population is predicted to reach 300 million in the next 40 years, with many being widows whose children cannot afford to look after them.
Thousands of these women have ended up in the 'City of Widows' - Vrindavan in northern India - where they rely on charity to survive.
Shilpa Kannan reports.
this doc is fully fake.
if there is such a thing happening then why there is no shortage of female in India.
commonsense. thing about it.
CBC radio did a call -in show on this subject.
To my horror and disbelief I heard a couple of different ultra sound techs from Toronto phoning in and admitting they were witnesses to what happened when expectant mothers from particular ethnic groups learned they were carrying a female fetus.
The subject of an abortion had been hastily brought up, even by women who came to their appointments with out their male partners.
They've also had women crying their eyes out because they knew their husbands would never permit their pregnancy to continue..
I know people of this mindset are a very small minority here in Canada, but its still appalling to know this anti-female culture is possibly continued in our midst.
This doc is fairly upsetting to watch :-(