January 16, 2024
Unravelling the Persistence of Sex-Selective Abortion: A Socioeconomic Exploration 

By Adv. Robin Christopher  Sex-selective abortion is the inhumane practice of terminating pregnancies based on the sex of the foetus. It remains a contentious and deeply entrenched issue in India. This article delves into the multifaceted nature of sex-selective abortion, shedding light on the various socioeconomic elements contributing to its persistence.  1. Valuing Men as […]

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October 17, 2023
Analyzing the Effectiveness of Sex-Selective Abortion Laws in India

By Adv. Jaiwant Patankar It was neurologist Karl Dussik in 1942 who is credited to apply sonography for medical diagnosis in humans. Dussik conducted experiments by directing ultrasound beams through the human skull in an endeavor to identify brain tumors. Gradually this technology was developed in the medical world to monitor the prenatal health of […]

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September 19, 2023
Efforts made by Government and NGOs to address sex-selective abortion

By Anuja Naik Son-preference continues to persist as a deeply entrenched issue in India, transcending both urban and rural domains as well as societal structures. This pervasive problem has been a pivotal driver of a pronounced imbalance in the nation’s child sex ratio. As per the Census of India 2011, the child sex ratio at […]

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July 17, 2023
One-fifth of all babies are born in India, yet more baby girls die here than baby boys: UNICEF

by Utkarsh Singh Payal India and China have emerged as formidable competitors not only in the domains of electronics and automotives but also in an alarming demographic aspect. As per the 2019 UN World Population Division, these two nations, being the most populous in the world, prominently occupy positions on the list of countries with […]

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May 30, 2023
Women Empowerment through Legal Literacy

By Jemi Thomas 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 as he had always prayed for! She was married off at the young age of 14. Through all this, her mother remained her strength. She […]

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April 21, 2023
Challenging Son Preference: Success Stories and Persistent Challenges in Asia 

By Elina Yohannan  Son preference remains a persistent and deeply rooted issue in many Asian countries, with serious consequences for women and girls. Although the global sex ratio at birth is around 105 males for every 100 females, several Asian countries have failed to maintain this ratio due to cultural and economic factors.   INDIA  In […]

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March 21, 2023
Rights of the Unborn Child

By Adv. Loreign Ovung Child rights are imperative in today's society, especially in terms of protecting the unborn child in the mother's womb. While there is a general belief that life begins at birth, the significance of the womb where life originates is often overlooked. We may provide the utmost attention and every possible facility […]

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February 16, 2023
Informer Reward Scheme under the PCPNDT Act, 1994

Reward scheme for reporting sex-determination scans performed in violation of the Act.  by Ajay Justice Shaw  The Indian government's efforts to curb female foeticide and arrest the declining sex ratio in the country have led to the implementation of a reward scheme under the Pre-conception and Pre-natal Diagnostics Technique (Prohibition of Sex Selection) Act, 1994.   […]

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January 20, 2023
Five Indian laws that protect and empower the Girl Child

The National Girl Child Day is celebrated in India every year on January 24. It was initiated in 2008 by the Ministry of Women and Child Development and the Government of India. It is a day set aside to call for increased awareness of challenges faced by girls in the country based on their gender.   […]

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November 17, 2022
Defend the Mothers who defend L.I.F.E

In India, women face extreme societal pressure to produce a son. It is a sad reality for many mothers that they bear the full brunt of the scorn and shame for giving birth to a girl child. They consequently become victims of abuse, beatings, and sometimes, even murder.  A research study (Voluntary Health Association of […]

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October 18, 2022
Why India’s latest sex ratio of 1021 girls per 1000 boys is only a partial win

The latest National Family Health Survey (NFHS-5) data for 2019-21 indicates that India has more females than males (1021 females per 1000 males), but ironically, also points towards a slightly improved yet dangerously skewed sex ratio at birth – 929 females per 1000 males.  The report also highlights that the states of Jharkhand (899), Telangana […]

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September 16, 2022
In a society where raising girls is considered ‘a lot of work’, we must not shy away from the hard work necessary to ensure L.I.F.E. to her

The year was 1973. Some elders of a nomadic Rajasthani community considered the situation of a ‘sapera’ (snake-charmer) who was away for work, and his wife, who lay unconscious after giving birth to a baby girl – the seventh child of the family. They decided that the girl (born only a few hours ago) would […]

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August 26, 2022
What does FREEDOM mean in a Girl Child’s L.I.F.E.?

Published on 26 Aug, 2022 We felt broken many times in the past 30 days:  A couple in Gujarat were arrested for burying alive their newborn daughter (although they claimed that it was not because she was a girl, but they could not afford her treatment)  Allegedly tortured by her husband for eight years for […]

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July 15, 2022
Art imitates LIFE - How a 2022 film FINALLY opens the mainstream discussion on sex-selective abortion

Updated on 15 July 2022 Divyang Thakkar’s directorial debut Jayeshbhai Jordaar did not make big splashes with its release on 13th May 2022. The film also received mixed reviews from critics and audiences alike. Though with flaws, this social dramedy deserves appreciation for attempting to draw the attention of mainstream media to a topic rarely […]

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June 17, 2022
Inheritance Laws for Daughters in India

17 June, 2022 We’ve all heard it – children attributing talents, temperament, mannerisms and physical features to their parents. While reading this, many of you might even be led to think about all the things you have inherited from them. That’s how we have been created. But inheritances are not just limited to facial, physical […]

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May 18, 2022
YouTube disables DIY sex-determination videos after ADF India allied lawyers intervene 

Updated on 18 May, 2022  Three months ago, YouTube took down several videos promoting gender-biased sex-selection after ADF India allies intervened.  Targeted towards Indian married couples, these videos offered information on how to detect the sex of the foetus. It also endorsed and facilitated the indirect sale of gender determination kits/products.  The fact that YouTube, […]

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April 14, 2022
Humiliated, Assaulted and Prostituted for having Daughters, Mother of Two Seeks Justice and Dignity

Published on 14 April 2022 ADF India stands with a mother from Jharkhand and her two daughters who were abused by her husband and in-laws because of son-preference  Abused, disowned, prostituted, and shamed—one can only imagine the horrors Sunita*, a 26-year-old mother in Dhanbad, Jharkhand, had to endure at the hands of her husband, Roshan*, […]

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February 15, 2022
Pursuit Of Education: A Discussion On Child Marriage In India

by Adv. Anushree Bernard, ADF India Allied Lawyer Nisha (name changed), a domestic help working in various homes in an affluent South Delhi locality works from 7 AM till 5 in the evening. At the end of a long and physically demanding workday, she returns to caring for her two daughters and an ailing husband. This […]

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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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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

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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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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