Girl Killers

Girl Killers

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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.

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50 Comments / User Reviews

  1. Cris Sale

    "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.

  2. Amina Khan

    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.

  3. DustUp

    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.

  4. rukia

    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.

  5. millie

    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

    1. Bill Farley

      You sounds like a real ball cutter.

  6. millie

    don't they realise it is the husbands sperm which determines the sex of the baby in the end so kill the hubbies lol

  7. walterbyrd

    Similar situation in China.

  8. Richard Neva

    Only education can cure this horrific crime against women!

  9. cyberfrank

    india has a fascinating culture!

  10. Richard Neva

    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!

    1. Sapiens

      That's the whole point of a documentary: to learn all the aspects around it. Everything is complicated. Nobody likes to kill their own child. There are so many factors to it, socio-economic, cultural etc. Hinduism or India doesn't authorize any of it. Hinduism has a lot of reverence for women. Don't generalize stuff. Atrocities happen in every religion, nation or culture, that doesn't mean they are condoning it.

  11. Richard Neva

    Sick film. I could not bare to watch it!

  12. themousal

    How ironic, considering only the man make a baby boy.

  13. terencegalland

    superstitious barbaric savages incredible that this behaviour is going on in a country that is sending rockets to other planets this is pure evil.

    1. Bill Farley

      Religion is pure evil.

  14. Ganesh

    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 .

  15. Nikita Kade

    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.

    1. HopeOn

      You're mistaken dear Nikita. I've seen our well off, educated urban Indians burst into tears on the birth of their third daughter while secretly swearing that the next girl will be aborted early, and only a son will be allowed birth.

      Fellow Indian.

  16. 2star2

    Absolute respect for those women for sticking together and working for a better future.

  17. Whattafella

    Responsible politics, Education & Population Control - only thee 3 things can solve India's all the problems.

  18. Maria Christine

    What are ways to help women in India?

    1. bringmeredwine

      I'm having trouble with my computer today, hope this doesn't appear twice!
      You could try looking up, I am a girl. ca
      That might be a good place to start.

    2. His Forever

      One, stop paying a dowry entirely. You want to marry my daughter, fine. Don't? Fine. Your loss as there are more men than women to marry, it looks like they would be more valuable to marry eventually.

    3. Whattafella

      Educate poor and rural Girl child. This is the biggest difference you can ever make.

    4. Cate

      Education for sure. But be careful, a lot of those organizations are profit driven and the CEOs make a fortune off of generous people. Go non profit! For example, his hands for india is a good non profit organization that im with. Just make sure to do your research before choosing an organization for you

  19. Rev Coughlin

    They make this system sound ancient when in fact it is only about 500 years old. In antiquity, women were never treated like this.

    1. Catherine Hays

      The Rev Coughlin is right and I appreciate that he knows that (for example) India was not like this until it had been invaded by Muslims (for 1000 years) whose scribes (especially Ghazni's) gloated over the fact that they had destroyed the culture. The wealth plundered also - and btw, the British Crown Jewels were stolen from temples in India. India's had culture and fabulous wealth. Now both are nearly eradicated. Strange how westerners and western media are illiterate in terms of ancient cultures despite our so-called 'global village'.

    2. Amina Khan

      Actually it dates back to centuries. Women were burnt to death after the death of theri husbands, called as 'Sattee', female infants were killed and many more atrocities against female. It is rooted in the religion of Hindism, which sexualizes women and glorifies men.
      When Islam came to the subcontinent of India, it brought its own rules and regulations - which were in no way imposed on the citizens of India. Islam has always upheld the dignity of mankind - irrespective of gender. It is not only institutionalized but also implemented. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), specifically mentioned to maintain balance and equality between children, but to be more generous with female child. Even in His (PBUH) last sermon, he mentioned to men to be very conscious of female rights, as men will be questioned about them. Qur'an mentions several great women in the history of Jews, Christians and Islam - all God believing pious women e.g. Mary (after whom a surah is titled as well).

  20. Lauri Neva

    What a backward society! I could not bare to watch this film, sorry! America is just as bad with abortion I guess. Jesus weeps!

    1. Whattafella

      Closing your eye in front of tiger doesnt mean its not there any more. Good and bad exists everywhere. Social problems! You cannot run away from it and neither you can live by just turning blind eye towards it as it will catch up with you too one day. Only thing we can do is to get united and stand against it. Educate people.

    2. Amina Khan

      True. It is indeed. But this is just one part. There are many more evils. Recently it was in news, a man in India had to eat a street dog because of extreme poverty.

  21. Gadea


    '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.

  22. gapa

    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.

    1. jaberwokky

      I'd be happier if this were the case but I don't think you are right. I've seen nothing whatsoever to convince me that it would be anything other than truthful.

    2. Candice Robertson

      if there is fewer then 800 girls to every 1000 boys in India (of course this is a rounded number as they can't completely be sure of any numbers) then it's a shortage. When you conceive there is a 50/50 change of either sex.... if that's true then there should be the same amount of baby girls born then there is baby boys... This is not fact in India, as seen in the doc. You can't tell me that there isn't something going on.

    3. Ho Bo

      Maybe you don't know enough knowledge about the Indian culture and how dowry works. If you have a female child and she later marries a man, the family of the female child will have to give up a lot of money to the man's family. If the family is already poor and struggling to survive, this dowry is a huge financial burden they will have to think about throughout the child's life until she marries. Based on that, and also the belief that the simple existence of the female is a curse, it's possible that families can resort to killing in order to avoid the "burden". The documentary claims that for every 700 girls, there are 1000 boys. That's a 41% female to 59% boys ratio. Why is that such a hard thing to believe? Or to claim the documentary is fake because there's no shortage of females in India. It's a 9% drop in the female population than what would be expected. Are these numbers correct? I don't know, but it's plausible based on a simple understanding of the traditions in India. In modern times, I don't see a need for dowry, I see it as a burden for any poor, unprivileged family. Hopefully through education, old fashion thinking will pass.

    4. shafawn

      I agree with you but I do not think this problem is being addressed
      because it is a form of population control very similar to the one being
      used in China. It isn't being addressed because their governments do
      not want it to change.

    5. Ho Bo

      Both the Chinese and Indian cultural system value boys much greater than girls. So, population control is already embedded from one generation to the next in the form of misinformed thinking. In China there's a similar problem since each family are only allowed 1 child, the family will prefer a boy over a girl. That's why there's an overflow of abandoned / killed baby girls in China. Even with that thinking though, China and India have the highest population than any other country.

    6. walterbyrd

      I think dowry system should end.

    7. Catherine Hays

      This doc is NOT fully fake, it is fully true. Anyone who has travelled to India can see many examples of women who have not even been fed enough food to 'grow' into womanhood. I saw a 'woman' who had been so deprived of food that she was the size of a child. She was also unable to relate to affection because her own parents had literally starved her of both food and affection. Westerners have no idea how it is in these countries. This is no 'fake' documentary.

    8. Whattafella

      Well Catherine you are right that its true but what its also true that many older folks in western world just die in their rooms and people only get to know either if they haven't seen the person for some time or when neighbors starts getting smell out of the flat. Because kids just move on with their busy life and parents are left to deal with their own problems. This is the life of modern world not restricting to any city. Unfortunately In India these elderly suffer because there you do not have respected state schools and good state medical so most of their money goes away on kids education and blah blah. Now with life expectancy going higher and higher, people only suffer when they have not planned for their older times. whether India or no India, life has become difficult for young families any where. So its becoming harder for them to put as much time towards their elders as used to happen few decades ago. Its not an excuse though. Also, bad kids can happen anywhere and with 1.2b population the probability of these selfish idiots becomes higher.

  23. bringmeredwine

    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.

  24. jaberwokky

    This doc is fairly upsetting to watch :-(

    1. bringmeredwine

      For me, the devadasi segment was especially hard to take. If more lower caste women unite and are determined to get their children educated, I think they will ultimately prevail.

    2. jaberwokky

      God I hope so. Watching this last night was harrowing, it left me with a sense of utter hopelessness and a bitter taste in my mouth. I know there has been increases in female unity at the city levels as a result of the horrendous rape ordeal (like the new Delhi bus rapists), its just sickening to think how many times something like this is allowed happen before women - who deserve so much better - are forced to such a stand. How long before women in some of those areas can gather enough support and courage to chance the same I wonder.

      I need a break from learning about the atrocities that man seems happy to indulge in :-/

    3. Doris

      I totally agree, what I don't get is why the men don't realize that it is the male that decides the sex of the child, not the woman, maybe they should start persecuting the men!!! Never happen, what a sorrowful situation and it will never change, too bad. I think it is total ignorance and disregard for human rights on the part of the men, or are they afraid, as many are, of the intelligence, resourcefulness and resolve of the women. Go for it girls :)