In your opinion, how should India start combating female gendercide?
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In India there is no government organization limiting the number of children a family can have. So why have 50 million girls over the past three generations been victims of female infanticide, feticide, and brutal dowry murders? There are many reasons. Daughters require a sizable financial dowry in order to marry that many families simply cannot afford. The giving and taking of dowries was made illegal in 1961, punishable with up to 5 years imprisonment and sizeable fines. Yet many families continue to uphold the tradition.
Additionally, Indians are aborting females at a much higher rate than male children. To prevent families from terminating female fetuses once they find out the child's gender, India passed a law in 1994 prohibiting the use of ultrasound tests for sex determination. But sadly, these practices are common in hospitals and medical clinics across India today. One will often see advertisements for ultrasound clinics urging couples to spend "500 rupees today to save 50,000 rupees tomorrow" (the cost of the procedure compared to the average price of a dowry).
No girl deserves to die simply because of her gender. Sign the petition calling on world leaders to end female gendercide in India.
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