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A Report On The State Of India’s Girls

November 13, 2011
Baby Nargis, the 7 billionth person born in the world

photo courtesy Plan Asia

Meet Nargis on your right here. She was the 7th billionth baby born on earth, and was born in India.  What does it mean to be born a girl in India?

The 50 Million Missing Campaign brings you the following Report on The State of India’s Little Girls:

(click on the embedded links for more information).

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photo by Subir Basak

 90% of abandoned children in India are girls who were discarded by their parents who did not want daughters.  There are about 10 million abandoned girls in India.

  •  25 million girls in India are married off before the age of 10, according to Unicef. India accounts for 1/3 of the worlds ‘child brides.’  Almost 50% of girls in India are married under the legal age, a rate higher than even other poorer countries in Asia or Africa.  Because they are children, these girls are also most at risk for domestic and sexual violence.
  • There are 300,000 married teenage mothers in India according to the government census who have already had 2 children by the age of 15.  India has the highest maternal mortality rate in the world, and this is the age group that is most vulnerable, since their bodies are not able to cope with the rigors of reproduction.
  • Literacy rates for girls is 54% while that for boys is 75%
  • India is now the world’s ‘hub’ for child prostitution and child sex-trafficking.  According to reports filed with the Supreme Court about 40 minor girls under the age of 15 are forced into prostitution every day!
  •  The group with the highest HIV infection rates in India are girls who are under 18 years.
  •  53.22% of children in India have experienced some sexual abuse; 22% of them extreme forms of sexual violence. 
  •  Up to 5 years of age, girls in India have a 75% higher mortality rate than boys the same age.  Studies conclude that this is because girls are subjected to lethal domestic violence that boys are not. Also, the parents deliberately starve them or don’t give them medical care when they need it, because they don’t think a girl is worth it! Due to chronic malnutrition about 90% of girls in India are anemic.
  •  Almost 2 million girls between the ages of 1 day and 6 years were battered to death by their families, over a 20 year period, only they because they were girls.  The research concluded that if they were “lucky” enough to be born as boys they would not be beaten or killed.


Census Reveals 17 Million Girls Killed in India Between ages 1-15 years

What’s Killing India’s Little Girls?

When Cultures Give Parents The Right To Trash Their Daughters: Dimple’s Story

336% Spurt in Child Rapes

India’s Child Brides

When Mothers Kill Their Daughters

Baby girl Dies After Father Bites Chunks off her Face

Her Grandmother Tried To Kill Her: Karishma’s Story

Documentary Film on Female Infanticide

Molested By Hundreds of Men: Sunita Murmu’s Story

The Girl Called ‘Blind Pigeon’: Anita’s Story

Teenagers Killed For ‘Honor’: Celebrating Diwali With Boys

Taking The Wheels: Sunita Chauhan’s Story

A Daughter Dreams: Tikuli Dogra’s Story

What Do Mothers Teach Their Daughters About Violence?

They Prostitute Their Daughters: The Bedia

Indian Girls ‘Missing’ Worldwide

The Place Where No Woman Walked

In My Skin: Moving Past Child Sexual Abuse

The Disturbing Reason For The Reluctance To Call India’s Female Genocide By Name

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ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPHER: Subir Basak is a member of The 50 Million Missing Campaign’s Photographers’ Group which is supported by more than 2400 photographers.  To see more of his works click here

 Plan Asia, which has been working in Asia since 1948, has projects to help communities in 14 countries. Visit them on Facebook, and see photos of their work on flickr.

18 Comments leave one →
  1. christine permalink
    November 11, 2012 4:47 am

    who do i contact to report a child molester who is hiding in India? this is serious he molested my daugther 20 years a go and when discovered fled to India don’t know hwere exactly

    • November 11, 2012 9:00 pm

      Try to contact the the National Commission for the Protection of Child Rights. Details here (givve them all the details). Also see National Commission for women. Details here. A private ngo is Child Line — details here.

    • CJ Arnold permalink
      November 22, 2012 6:31 am

      IDK… that’s so horrible! I will be praying for you, & her.

    • October 14, 2013 1:10 am

      Contacting National Commission for Women would be futile. It is a useless organisation where female officers say a girl should not dress provocatively if they don’t want to be molested etc. on the day an 8 year old is raped. Private NGOs could help.
      I do empathise completely but must ask-why did you wait 20 years?

  2. Shree Prakash Mishra permalink
    November 12, 2012 11:59 am

    he nar naaraayani naari maatra aapkaa vichaar hi is srishti kaa srijan,paalan,bharan-poshan evam sanhaar kaa dyotak hai aur is atulneeya,anmol prakriti ke var ko agar hum tiraskaar ki drishti se dekh rahein hain to nissandeh naron-purushon kaa astitva vinaash ke kagaar par hai

  3. October 11, 2013 1:52 pm

    If you read this and do nothing then you don’t deserve a place on this planet!

  4. S Lal permalink
    October 11, 2013 2:06 pm

    Shocking to read all this.Govt should take responsibility for this & take preventive & corrective actions.

  5. Anna permalink
    October 12, 2013 3:27 am

    What on earth can we do to help??? I have booked a trip to India. Now I don’t even want to go. Only if I can do something??

    • October 15, 2013 12:08 pm

      If this was any other group, what would be the response of western governments? Why should women and girls not be treated as a human group and this as a human rights atrocity that will not be tolerated internationally?

  6. October 12, 2013 9:00 am

    That’s very sad to read and know…….hope education will help woman and daughters to know their rights….even if cultural consicence must change….I would pray for…..

  7. guru permalink
    October 12, 2013 11:18 am

    33% women’s reservation bill in the parliament to be passed immediately. These women members are to be empowered to act on this issue with a time frame and a supreme court shall monitor the progress.

    • October 15, 2013 12:06 pm

      The problem is that even now most of these women are daughters and daughters-in-laws or wives of politicians. Criminal politicians in jail have their wives sit on their seat and carry on their criminal raj! So yes, we need more women, but how if the seats will be taken by these women?

  8. October 14, 2013 12:24 am

    We should not call ourselves civilized, anyway God is going to take care…


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