February 26, 2020

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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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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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
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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