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Petition To Stop Female Genocide/ Femicide/ Gendercide in India

In 3 generations, about 50 million women have been systematically annihilated from India’s population, targeted only because they were female.  This is one of the worst genocides in human history.  And it is silent  and ongoing. The term “missing” is actually a euphemism that the Nobel Laureate, Dr. Amartya Sen, had first used in 1986, when he had served India the first warning. He had calculated that 37 million women were “missing” from the country. Since then the process of elimination of women from India, has only escalated.

The methods of elimination of females in India are many.  They include female feticide, infanticide, starvation of little girls, dowry related murders, “honor” killings, and maternal mortality through repeated and forced abortions to rid girls.

Female infanticide has long, historical roots in India. It continues to be a rampant practice in many rural regions of India, largely because it is more affordable for the rural poor than the method more prevalent among the wealthier and educated classes in towns and cities who use sex-selected abortions. A mid-wife is paid only about Rs 100/- (U.S. $2.50) to kill a newborn girl. Babies are strangled, buried alive, drowned in buckets of milk, or fed poison. In some parts of India that job is relegated to the father or paternal grandmother.

Deliberate Starvation and Neglect Many girls who survive birth, don’t survive long because of starvation and neglect.  Girls under 5 years of age have a 75% higher mortality rate than boys the same age, because their parents don’t want to spend on their food or medicines.  A girl is not worth it; it’s better to let her die.

Female feticide has now become an unbridled phenomenon in India, particularly among middle and upper classes.  Even though it is illegal for doctors to reveal the gender of the fetus during an ultrasound, still about a million female fetuses are selectively aborted in India each year. This rate, it’s projected, will reach an alarming 2-5 million/year over the new few years.

Maternal Mortality The subjection of women to multiple pregnancies and repeated abortions to rid potential daughters, sometimes under unsafe conditions,  is another reason why India also has the highest maternal mortality rate in the world. Every 5 minutes, 1 pregnant woman dies.

Dowry Murders Also on the rise are the dowry related murders of young married women, killed because their parents could not continue to meet the dowry demands of the in-laws.  Dubbed as ‘dowry deaths’ – these murders are generally gang-murders involving the husband, his parents, and sometimes his siblings. The victim is doused with kerosene and set ablaze in staged kitchen “accidents.” Or forced to consume sleeping pills, or hanged in staged “suicides.” Many young women are so tortured, they are driven to commit suicide.  It has been estimated that at least 106,000 women are burnt to death every year. The thousands who don’t die, live-on badly burnt and maimed, their lives destroyed.

This genocide is occurring across all sections of society in India, among the illiterate and the educated, among the poor, the middle-class and the wealthy.  In India there is no correlation between female genocide and education, economics, culture and religion. It the result not of poverty or ignorance, but of extensive and aggressive lawlessness, due to the apathy of the country’s system of law and order.


TO: The Government of India, The OHCHR, The UNICEF, The UNIFEM, The UNFPA, CEDAW, The EU and The G8.

We the undersigned, strongly condemn the practices that have led to the elimination of millions of girls and women from India’s population, and hold the government of India accountable for failing to protect the lives of its female citizens.

We further contend, on grounds of human rights, that immediate and effective action be taken by the government, through the implementation of rapid action task forces, to halt this genocide. We also insist the government officially commit to a time-line within which the associated practices of female feticide, female infanticide and dowry murders will be effectively arrested through the rigorous enforcement of existing laws and a stringent accountability on the part of India’s hospitals, government offices, and law enforcement agencies.

We further urge international human rights bodies and other governments to join in this effort to persuade the government of India, to acknowledge and honor the call of this petition.

Please click on this photo below to sign our petition

Online petition – Call for Government Action to Stop Female Genocide In India





11 Comments leave one →
  1. Raj Ambardar permalink
    April 22, 2013 3:35 am

    Everything settles down with the time and the govt of India knows that as people are busy in their personal lives “only”!
    Whether it is the Corruption culture, rape cases, underworld, law enforcement, Bollywood Dons, terrorism or simple day to day life……Every moment is a challenge as things are not taken seriously enough for a change thus everything settles down with the time without any outcomes.

  2. fran griffiths permalink
    October 8, 2013 2:01 pm

    as long as there are poeple out here who care things will change

  3. Kristin Purcell permalink
    October 8, 2013 6:13 pm

    We must change this thinking!! This should not exist in this day and age!!

  4. October 8, 2013 8:00 pm

    This whole genocide as well as the abuse and everything we see in India would end if we would simply stop bullying gay people. They feel so pressured to hide their true nature from the rest of society that they become enraged and frustrated inside. They take out all their closet-homosexual frustration onto women. Instead of opening up and admitting they love penis, they rape women with other men instead, while staring at the other men with big homosexual grins on their faces, satisfied, temporarily, until post-coital syndrome occurs and they feel like pathetic losers for being incapable of seducing women, or to come out of the closet.

    Post-coital syndrome not only when rapists realize they are cowardly machos that don’t realize how gay it is to constantly try to impress other trusty misogynists while pretending to be aroused by a woman that is suffering. Post-coital syndrome is when they are finished committing their shameful crime. Post-coital is the look on their faces, before the whole village watches them hang in their dishonor.

  5. sandra permalink
    October 11, 2013 2:01 pm

    Hopefully MALALA from Pakistan will today earn the peace price Nobel!!!!
    That atracts attention on the problems girls and women have to coop with!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. shuja permalink
    October 11, 2013 2:43 pm

    India & Pakistan is busy in arm race and have no time to think for a common man and their problems, for that they use most of their resources to show how powerful they are but actually how poor is their thinking level… they will never be able to solve these issues unless they realize and they will only realize once something big will crush them both and would be already too late by than.

  7. Saurabh Kumar Bhatnagar permalink
    October 13, 2013 3:10 am

    females are to be respected in any case and always.

  8. Danielle Hernandez permalink
    February 11, 2014 8:00 am

    Please end this terror


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