Census Reveals 17 Million Girls Killed in India in age group 1-15 years!
by Rita Banerji
The 2011 census data for India shows that 18 million girls were exterminated from the population before the age of 15 years. People often assume that this is primarily due sex-selected abortions. However, the age-wise analysis of India’s latest census data not only reveals that most of the girls are killed after birth, but that the killings actually increase with age!
For last 7 years I have consistently argued, that the government uses an extremely obscure and strange age range, 0-6 years, to determine child sex ratio. What constitutues 0 age? Fetuses? And why would the government put aborted female fetuses and girls killed after birth till the age of 6 years into the same ‘age’ category? Moreover, why is 6 years the cut-off age for the child sex ratio age? Why not 0-2 years or 0-10 years to determine child sex ratio? Is this a deliberate attempt to obscure the data of how many girls are actually killed after birth?
When I began to research journals and different studies that looked at the killing of girls after birth in India, what I discovered was that ALL THE STUDIES that I was looking at were establishing 5-6 years as the age up to when girls born were most vulnerable to being killed. More so, where data was collated or analyzed there were clear indications that the numbers of girls killed after birth in India was in the millions. I then wrote an article collating this data for the Women’s News Network, which we’ve also published on this blog. You can read it here: What’s Killing India’s little girls?
My fear, unfortunately, has now been validated by a recently released census report, that determines the sex ratios for each succeeding age year, for the recent 2011 census data. It establishes that up to the age of 15 years, at least 18 million girls are exterminated from the India’s population. However it makes a series of even more shocking revelations. It reveals that the bulk of these girls were not eliminated via sex-selection, but were killed after birth! More shocking, is the fact that the killings increase with age.
THIS IS WHAT THE ANALYSIS OF THE 2011 CENSUS DATA REVEALS:
Up to the age of 15 years, there are 18 million girls exterminated from India’s population.
Up to the age of 1 year, 955,000 (less then 1 million) girls are eliminated. This shockingly means the 17 million others are killed after the age of 1 year.
In the age group 1-6 years about 7 million girls have been killed (7 million more boys than girls.)
In the age group 7-15 years, about 11 million girls eliminated (11 million more boys than girls. My estimate is that in this age group many girls unaccounted for might have also been sex-trafficked)
Furthermore the analysis also reveals that the number of girls killed in urban areas are far higher than in rural areas. This establishes another argument that I have persistently made about the India’s female genocide. I have argued that this is not an outcome of poverty and illiteracy, but that this genocide, like all genocides, is an exercise of power. This is the fundamental change in our perspective of female genocide that we will have to make, if we want to bring it to a halt! For more, see this article: Why Genocidal Violence on Women in India increases with wealth and education
ABOUT THE WRITER
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 Revolutions in my Space and tweets at @Rita_Banerji