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Does India Treat Women and Children Like Property?

April 29, 2012

  by Rita Banerji

[Note: This is an edited version of an article first published in The Women’s News Network]

In February 2012, India was involved in an extended diplomatic row with Norway over a child custody case as an Indian couple in Norway had their two children placed in foster care by the Norwegian Child Welfare Service (CWS)….

In this article Rita Banerji examines why India regarded the Norwegian intervention as an affront to its national “sovereignty,” and why in context of diplomatic relationships between countries this move by the Norwegian government was unprecedented, and is probably an indication of future trends in how countries will deal with the issues of women’s and human rights. Read the whole article here

About the Author:

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 She blogs at Rebellions in my Space and tweets at @Rita_Banerji

2 Comments leave one →
  1. April 29, 2012 11:46 am

    I like the writings of Rita Banerji …

  2. emery permalink
    April 30, 2012 9:02 pm

    unfortunately the Norwegians caved in and gave the children back.

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