Vanishing Girls is a campaign initiated by ADF India to raise awareness against the practice of sex-selective abortions and to advocate for effective implementation of the Pre Conception Pre Natal Diagnostic Techniques (Prohibition of Sex Selection) Act, 1994.
The Vanishing Girls campaign aims to eradicate sex-selective abortion in our lifetime and save the lives of thousands of girls who are killed in the womb every day. We are advocating for the strict enforcement of the Prohibition of Sex-Selection Act.
We need to adopt a model of LIFE for all girls – Love, Inheritance, Freedom and Equality. The girls in our families and those yet unborn, need advocates who will love them, ensure that they have equal rights to family property as their brothers, their freedoms are protected and promoted and that they are treated with equal dignity and respect.
DIRECTOR, ADF INDIA
SEX-SELECTIVE ABORTION (FEMALE FOETICIDE)
IS A VIOLATION AGAINST HUMAN RIGHTS
IT INVOLVES THE KILLING OF THE FEMALE FOETUS INSIDE THE MOTHER’S WOMB THROUGH SEX-SELECTION
SEX-SELECTIVE ABORTION IS A CRIME
India ranks fourth in the list of countries with the worst Child Sex Ratio
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Why are India's daughters unwanted??
Families fear that any property inherited by women risks falling into the control of her in-laws.
Many cultural rites and traditions in India are required to be performed by the son and hence sons are considered of greater value to the family.
Societal norms label daughters to be 'Paraya Dhan' which means girls are only guests at the parent's home and will eventually belong to the in-laws once married off.
Sons are generally considered to be the "bread-winners" for the family. They are preferred for the economic stability they supposedly bring.
The burden of dowry leads many parents to consider a girl-child as financial liability for the future.
Vanishing Girls is a campaign initiated by ADF India to raise awareness against the practise of sex-selective abortions and to advocate for effective implementation of the Pre-Conception Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (Prohibition of Sex Selection) Act, 1994.