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What Can Individuals Do? Interview With Campaign Founder

January 8, 2012

Alam Bains interviews The 50 Million Missing Campaign founder, Rita Banerji, for Youth Ki Awaaz (The Mouthpiece of the Youth in India).   Rita talks about what inspired her to start this campaign and what the campaign ultimately aims to achieve.  She also speaks on on what she thinks individuals can do to make a difference. 

Below are some highlights from the interview.  To read the full interview CLICK HERE.

To read other interviews with Rita, regarding the campaign, CLICK HERE.  Her website is www.ritabanerji.com

I’m an Indian woman, and my country looks me in the eye and says, “You and your kind mean nothing to us.  You are like little flies. We’ve swatted 50 million females like you!”

The 50 Million Missing Campaign is the only campaign [working on the gendercide in India] that is focused on the implementation of existent laws and is demanding official/ government accountability.

[The highest rate of female extermination is among the wealthiest and most educated section of Indian society so] Why don’t we challenge government and ngo projects who totally illogically claim they want to ‘save’ girls by offering, what is, frankly, substandard education to girls of poor families?

The bottom line is that every form of systematic annihilation of females in India is illegal and it is criminal, be it female feticide, infanticide, dowry murders or ‘honor’ killings.

I think the people reading this, are the Indians who are ashamed about this mass feticide in India, and ideologically they want change. The question is, what do you personally do or how do you react or what do you say when you witness it – either in your family, or among your friends or community? 

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. emery permalink
    January 10, 2012 11:52 pm

    your right of course men in India see you as a burden on the entire country just because you have breasts. (I’m not saying that to be funny its the truth) the truth is that women have much to offer any country in many areas such as business, politics, even counter-terrorism. i list counter-terrorism because only female solders can search women when they attempt to enter secure areas. even one female solder could have prevented the assassination of Indian PM Rajiv Gandhi by a female suicide bomber in in 1991.

  2. January 18, 2012 1:52 pm

    I am reminded of a personal story here in the USA. I have a freind who is a tuff, big, bearded man who grew in a bad side of town (East Saint Louis). He is a good guy now. His wife was a petit, nurse. He said to me at my wedding: “A man is not worth a damn without a good woman”. It makes me wonder about those 50 million Indian men who are “not worth a damn”, because their future wifes are with the 50 million missing.

    • emery permalink
      January 24, 2012 11:35 pm

      your absolutely right. I call those the secondary effects of this situation. studies have shown that men with out women tend to be more violent. so the secondary effects will include increased crime, religious tensions, riots, terrorism, and possibly even war. i don’t understand why the campaign is not discussing the secondary effects of this situation a lot more.

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