Rita Banerji: Truth is – Education and Wealth Fuels Female Genocide!
The biggest myth about India’s female genocide is that it’s caused by poverty and illiteracy. If so, we should see the worst gender ratio for girls among India’s poorest. But as the Indian census shows, the best, indeed the most normal gender ratio, is in India’s bottommost 20%! As education and wealth increases, even for women, the gender ratio worsens. It’s worst for India’s topmost 20% that’s wealthiest and most educated.
Indeed misogyny acquires more power in each strata with more education and wealth, and is able to inflict worse violence.
With regards to violent racism and the lynching of black men in the United States, civil rights activist Malcolm X had said, ‘A black man with a Ph.D. is still a “nigger.”’ Indeed education and wealth does not prevent nor protect from wide-spread systemic, racist violence in any society. The same logic applies to female gendercide in India.
Education and wealth do not prevent, mitigate or protect from wide-spread, systemic, misogynistic violence.
Would the racial apartheid and extensive lynching of black men in the U.S. have lessened without the demand for accountability from the government, courts, police and the laws?
Does anyone really expect the female genocide in India – the infanticides, feticides, dowry murders, or honor killings, to stop without government accountability and the forceful implementation of laws for the protection of girls and women?
Rita Banerji is an author and gender activist, and the founder of The 50 Million Missing Campaign to end India’s female genocide. Her book ‘Sex and Power: Defining History Shaping Societies,‘ is a historical and social look at how the relationship between gender and power in India has led to the ongoing female gendercide. Her website is www.ritabanerji.com She blogs at Rebellions in my Space and tweets @Rita_Banerji