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Shroud of Amnesia Over India’s Missing Millions

January 8, 2011

by Colin Todhunter in The Deccan Herald

Did you know that a genocide is occurring in India? There are well over 50 million missing girls and women in India who have been murdered, aborted or killed through neglect. ‘Missing’ is perhaps the wrong word — ‘eliminated’ would be more apt. According to criteria laid down by the UN, it is actually genocide because it occurs on an unprecedented scale and targets a specific group — females.

These women died as a result of female foeticide, female infanticide, dowry murders, the high mortality rate of girls under the age five due to deliberate neglect, and a very high maternal mortality rate. In 2008, the UN announced, the number of ‘missing’ women in India had climbed to 62 million.

Under Article II in the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, Resolution 260 (III) A of the United Nations general assembly adopted on Dec 9, 1948, genocide involves killing members of the group, causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group, deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part, and imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group.  Read the whole article in The Deccan Herald


Colin Todhunter is a journalist and author, who divides his time between India and the U.K.  His articles have been published in newspapers around the world.  His book Chasing Rainbows in Chennai is a personal account of his stay in India.  To know more about him go to


Hervé Blandin is a member of The 50 Million Missing Photographers’ Group which is supported by more than 2300 photographers from around the world.  To see more of his works click here.

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