Author explains why some Indian women may kill their baby girls

Author Gita Aravamudan writes about one reason why women in India are resorting to infanticide of girl babies:

“A woman who gave birth to girls had no value in her own home. If she produced too many she could be thrown out of her marital home. Her birth family too would reject her. Killing her own daughters, therefore, was an act of self-preservation. If she defied society and kept them alive, she would probably end up alone with the additional burden of bringing up her daughters all by herself.”

Gita Aravamudan Disappearing Daughters: the Tragedy of Female Foeticide (New Delhi, India: Penguin Books India, 2007) 35

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Sarah is a member of the board of The Pro-life Alliance of Gays and Lesbians.

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