Join The Global Mandate For Official Action on Female Genocide!
For 6 years, we at The 50 Million Missing Campaign have been working hard to tell the world about the ongoing female genocide in India which has killed about 50 million women in the country in 3 generations [click here for an overview]. Our campaign has now reached a critical junction.
After discussions, the founding committee of the campaign, decided that we need to now set a SHORT-TERM goal which is CLEAR-CUT and ACHIEVABLE.
WHAT IS OUR SHORT TERM GOAL?
It is to get large global mandate, of a minimum of at least a million people to demand official accountability and action to stop female genocide in India.
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO DO TO HELP US BUILD THIS GLOBAL MANDATE?
All you need to do is sign a petition. Click HERE or on the petition banner to your right which says ‘Petition to Stop Female Genocide.’ Follow directions and sign the petition! Once you are done, please forwards this post to all your friends and associates.
WHY DO WE NEED TO BUILD A GLOBAL MANDATE TO STOP FEMALE GENOCIDE?
To answer that question, first consider the question that our campaign committee has been struggling with for 6 years: How do you stop a genocide?
A genocide is the DELIBERATE and SYSTEMATIC, MASS DESTRUCTION of a human group. Genocides happen because the victimized group is subject to extreme and violent forms of social prejudice. Basically it is a society telling a targeted human group: We don’t like you, we don’t want you, and so we are getting rid of you! This is what happened to the Jews in Europe, to Tutsis in Rawanda, and is happening to women in India.
The first step towards stopping an ongoing genocide is to expose and un-silence it. Because genocides are acts of mass-scale violence that pervades an entire social system, and are not sporadic, random acts of violence, they tend to be shrouded in secrecy and are often first treated with disbelief by the rest of the world. This has been true of all human genocides in the past, and is also true of the female genocide in India. Many people still do not know about the female genocide in India and respond with shock. And many others do not want to know about it and respond with total denial. At The 50 Million Missing Campaign, we will go on dealing with both these responses by continuing to put out information via our blogs and social networking sites!! [Links to some our key posts from the past are at the bottom of this post].
The second part of stopping an ongoing genocide is holding the larger social system within with this happens, accountable. Genocides happen only when there is complete failure on the part of the larger system of governance, law and order to protect the human rights of the victimized group. This has been true in how earlier genocides have been dealt with. However, this is not so for the female genocide in India. On the contrary, there appears to be a certain resistance to this second part in the dealing with the female genocide in India.
Currently, The 50 Million Missing Campaign is the only lobby group that is demanding official accountability from the government, its system of law and order and international human rights bodies.
The preferred or suggested approach from other quarters is that the way to stop female genocide in India is to build shelters and to change the mind-set of the Indian nation to rid it of its violent, genocidal prejudice towards women.
The 50 Million Missing Campaign has studied the possible impacts of both these alternatively suggested methods, and we feel they are not just unfeasible but are a result of the failure or refusal on the part of other camps to recognize the scale, the intensity and the nature of the genocidal violence.
For e.g. if shelters are to be the solution, how many would we have to build in India, to protect all women and girls? There are thousands of women violently killed every year in India: for dowry [click here], in so-called ‘honor’ killings [click here], or branded as witches and lynched [click here]. More so, millions of female feticides, the nationwide objective to prevent the continuity of women, [click here] are not the only form of bias against women. There are also millions of little girls killed in India from birth to the age of six years only because of their gender [click here]. And then there are many other forms of abuse and violence that girls are subjected to on the same massive scale [click here]. To protect all these girls and women we’d need to build millions of shelters. How feasible is that?
Similarly consider the other suggested option: changing the mindset of an entire nation towards women. This we agree is a desirable goal for all healthy societies – to purge our social mindset of all forms of prejudice. But the critical question here is: how long will it take to change India’s violent prejudice towards women to get people to voluntarily stop killing girls and women? Another century perhaps or more? If the laws against lynching of black men were not enforced in the United States and we had waited for the nation’s mindset to change, how long would it have been before people voluntarily stopped killing out of racial hatred? And while we patiently wait for India’s violent prejudice towards women to change for the better, what about the millions of girls and women who are getting killed every few minutes? Do we just close our eyes and look away? This is why The 50 Million Missing Campaign rejects this approach to stopping female genocide in India, on the basis that it is not just naïve but also unconscionable.
In a report of a study conducted by the Indian Council of Medical Research and the Harvard School of Public Health on the impact of domestic violence on women and girls in India, it was found that between 1985-2005, 1.8 million girls between birth and the age of 6 years had been killed in India. The lead researcher said,”Being born a girl into a family in India in which your mother is abused makes it significantly less likely that you will survive early childhood. Shockingly, this violence does not pose a threat to your life if you are lucky enough to be born a boy.”
What if this study had established homicidal violence based on racial prejudice? What if the study had said that 1.8million children were killed because they were black. But that the violence would not have been a threat to their lives if they had been lucky enough to be born white? What would the response of the world to this be?
Genocides are the ugliest aberrations in the arena of universal human rights. They are the most extreme and violent forms of social prejudice inflicted on people because of their membership in a specific group.
The question that we at The 50 Million Missing Campaign will now increasingly ask of all global citizens is: Why is this mass-scale genocidal violence towards women not regarded in the same manner as mass-scale genocidal violence towards all other human groups? Are Women Not Human?
To stop the female genocide in India we urgently need a definitive universal mandate that answers ‘YES!’ There needs to be official accountability and action to stop female genocide. Please answer ‘YES’ by clicking on the petition banner to stop female genocide, to your right, and sign the petition!!
We thank you for adding your voice to our campaign. And we hope you will see us through to the end of this battle.
BELOW ARE SOME PAST POSTS FROM OUR BLOG. JUST CLICK ON THE LINK.