Sex selection and skewed sex ratios are both symptoms of gender inequality and this demographic imbalance between men and women in any society will have far-reaching social and economic impacts.
The Pre-Conception Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques Act, 1994 is an important tool to regulate the practice of gender based sex selection. However, the implementation of the Act has been poor and sporadic in many parts of the country.
Initiated by Alliance Defending Freedom India, the objective of the #VanishingGirls campaign is to raise awareness against the practice of sex selection and advocate for effective implementation of the PCPNDT Act, 1994.
This campaign will help us join forces with those who have been working in this area for a long time in bringing a gradual change to the rigid patriarchal set up of our country that has a strong preference for the male child.
But this gigantic task cannot be done alone and we need your support to ensure that the PCPNDT Act, 1994 is implemented effectively.
Show us your support by pledging to save her life.
States must focus on more effective implementation of the PCPNDT Act and the MTP Act to curb the misuse of medical technology for sex determination and sex selective abortions
Constitute State Inspection and Monitoring Committees for checking the activities of ultrasound facilities indulging in advertisement of services and/or determination/revealing of the sex of the foetus.
Fast tracks courts and special public prosecutors must be appointed to ensure that violations under the PCPNDT Act are effectively prosecuted.
Surprise inspections of all diagnostic laboratories by State Inspection and Monitoring Committees
Reports suggest that over 40 million girls have been aborted before they were even born in India and it is estimated that approximately 50,000 female fetuses are aborted every month.
India's skewed sex ratio shows how as a nation we have failed girls who are aborted as foetus and or subjected to varied forms of violence once born.
Girls are killed because of a widely prevalent notion that boys are better than girls. You and I can help bring an end to this terrible practice. As citizens of India, we have a choice that we will not let old notions of patriarchy stand in the way women and girls are treated in our homes and families.
Let us speak out against the violence girls experience every day. Let us speak up to STOP #VanishingGirls.
Girls across the country need love, care and an equal opportunity to grow up to be all they can; that all life is beautiful and worth protecting.
I pledge to:
I will honour and respect girls and women and I will strive to ensure that sex-selective abortions are not conducted in my family and among my friends.
To stand up for the women in my family to have an equal share in the resources of the family, including their legal inheritance.
To stand with women
and girls as they exercise their fundamental freedoms and rights guaranteed under the Constitution of India
To recognise that men and women are equally deserving of respect and opportunities in our families, place of work and in society.