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August 13, 2021
How Uttar Pradesh's Proposed Law Would Impact The Birth Of Girls

August 2021 The northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh recently announced that it would enact the Uttar Pradesh Population (Control, Stabilisation and Welfare) Bill, 2021, which is purportedly aimed at addressing the issue of overpopulation. However, such a law, if enacted, would undoubtedly have a fatal impact on baby girls in the state.  The draft Bill proposes to bar people with over two children from contesting local body […]

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July 15, 2021
Interview With Dr. Ganesh Rakh - A Doctor On A Mission To Save The Girl Child

Dr. Ganesh Rakh runs a hospital in Pune, Maharashtra with a unique mission to save as many girl children as he can. In the past decade since he launched Mulgi Vachva Abhiyan (Marathi for "campaign to save the girl child"), Dr. Rakh and his team have delivered over 2,000 baby girls without charging any medical […]

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June 14, 2021
Young Mother Disowned For Giving Birth To A Girl

Bhavna*, a young mother in Dhanbad, Jharkhand was disowned by her husband of three years in May 2020. She was abandoned for giving birth to a girl against the wishes of her husband and his family. After their marriage, Bhavna and her husband began living with his family, which included his parents, his elder brother […]

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May 14, 2021
5.5 Million Girls Missing At Birth In India In 10 years

May 14, 2021 The Lancet, a leading medical journal, recently released a report documenting the trends in missing female births in India since the 1980s. Here are some of the key learnings from the report: The total number of missing female births in India witnessed an increase of nearly 60%, from 3·5 million in 1987–1996 […]

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March 23, 2021
Interview with Media Production expert, Sharon Angel

Vanishing Girls had the pleasure to host an interview with Sharon Angel, Founder of A North Production, Author, TV Show Host, Entrepreneur, Humanitarian, Motivational Speaker and all round Media Production expert. The interview was part of a number of events organised under our “Isn’t She Precious!” campaign. Sharon is a dynamic, young leader and a […]

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November 13, 2020
7 Things You Should Know About The Prohibition of Sex Selection Act

In India, 7000 unborn girls are aborted every day, just because they are girls! Because of this heinous practice, India ranks fourth in the list of countries with the worst Child Sex Ratio.  In this issue we highlight seven important provisions under the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PCPNDT) Act, 1994 which was enacted by […]

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October 15, 2020
Celebrating Girls for LIFE

A joint national campaign to protect and empower girls The Vanishing Girls campaign of ADF India has been actively working since 2016, in partnership with several likeminded civil society groups, to save the lives of unborn girls. Every day in India, 7000 unborn girls are aborted only because they are girls, whereas sex-determination is a […]

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August 14, 2020
True Independence for Girls in India

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) recently released the State of the World Population 2020 report which drew attention to 19 forms of human rights violation against women and girls, one of which is son-preference resulting in sex selection. According to the report, one in three girls missing globally due to gender-biased sex selection is […]

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July 15, 2020
TOGETHER AGAIN: A Mother & Daughter Reunited

July 15, 2020 Unbridled tears of joy accompanied the reunion of Payal and her daughter Jaya (names changed) after 9 months of painful separation. In February 2020, we had shared the story of this indomitable young mother who would stop at nothing to protect her three daughters. Her husband and his family had tortured her […]

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June 10, 2020
A Country Without Balance — What the Trend of Declining Child Sex Ratio Could Mean for India in 2031

In this issue, we explore what India could look like in 2031 if we fail to protect the lives of unborn girls.   A widespread preference for sons, combined with easy access to illegal sex-selective abortions, has led to a significant imbalance in the ratio of boys to girls born in India. According to the latest […]

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February 26, 2020
THE COURAGE OF A YOUNG MOTHER

On a cold November evening in 2019, we were left in shock by a phone call from Payal*, a young mother from Haryana. Married in 2012, Payal had endured years of unfathomable pain and brutality. After marriage, she had lived with her in-laws and was made to do all the household work for the entire […]

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January 28, 2020
Empowering her to live

Watch the #DaughtersCan video here The National Girl Child Day is celebrated every year in India on January 24. This was introduced by the Government of India’s Ministry of Women and Child Development in 2008 to spread awareness about all the inequalities that girls face. In India, gender inequality finds its most heinous expression in […]

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November 25, 2019
Inheritance Rights of women: Are we there yet?

Towards the latter part of this year, I met with some inspiring women during my visit to a rather quiet and serene village in the district of Jhunjhunu, Rajasthan. These women have been working as the ASHA workers – Accredited Social Health Activists in their village for as long as almost a decade now. Some […]

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November 13, 2019
Daughter’s Day Special

There is a need to spread awareness on the reality of sex-selective abortions in India. Killing the girl child in the womb has become so common that people treat it as something normal.

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September 11, 2019
Busting 5 myths about girls — Changing attitudes towards the girl child

— by Jemi Thomas, MA Clinical Psychology Since 1990, 17.3 million girls in India have been aborted (killed, to say it as it is) due to sex-selective abortions and other forms of pre-natal selection. 17.3 million girls!  Why did these 17.3 million girls lose their lives? The answer is painfully simple. These girls were considered […]

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July 22, 2019
Meet Babita - A Social Health Activist working to save the lives of unborn girls in Jhunjhunu, Rajasthan

43 year old Babita did not have an easy life. She was rejected by her own father from birth because she was born a girl, and not a son like he had always prayed for! Babita worked as a seamstress initially but her passion to serve the women in her community made her join the ASHA initiative and become an ASHA worker.

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March 19, 2019
The Roar of a Woman's Silence

by Anushree Bernard The United Nations declared 8th of March in 1975 as International Women’s Day to celebrate the social, cultural, political and economic achievements of women across the world. This day gained prominence over the years and it grew from strength to strength as it gave a spectacle to all nations of the world […]

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March 19, 2019
The Cost of a Daughter

by Tehmina Arora 33,260. This number is the approximate cost of 10g of gold in the city of Delhi. Sadly, it is also the number that will determine how many girl children that are born in India, and how they are cared for. According to research, the cost of a daughter’s marriage including having to […]

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March 19, 2019
If my baby girl had received proper care, she would’ve been alive today...

Lalita (name changed) lives with her husband and two girls in Madanpur Khadar, a small village in South Delhi, India. The abuse started for her since she delivered a baby girl, for the second time. When she gave birth the third time, it was again a girl. Her family made it clear to her this […]

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March 19, 2019
My mother was tortured for having me, a girl...

My name is Priyanka. There were four women who were pregnant at the same time, three women in my neighbourhood and the fourth being my mother. However, the other three women had given birth to boys and my mother gave birth to me. This disappointed everyone in my family and the most disappointed was my […]

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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.
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