Six forms of femicide in India

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A presentation at the U.N. Symposium on Femicide on Nov 26, 2012 by Rita Banerji, Founder of The 50 Million Missing Campaign

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SIX WIDESPREAD FORMS OF FEMICIDE IN INDIA:

SIX WIDESPREAD FORMS OF FEMICIDE IN INDIA

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Presented by Rita Banerji Founder, The 50 Million Missing Campaign For The Symposium on Femicide Vienna, November 26, 2012 To The Academic Council on the United Nations System NGO Committee on the Status of Women, Vienna The Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs The Small Arms Survey

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Hello! I am Rita Banerji Founder of The 50 Million Missing Campaign

www.50millionmissing.info:

www.50millionmissing.info AN ONLINE CAMPAIGN TO RAISE GLOBAL AWARENESS ABOUT INDIA’S ONGOING FEMALE GENOCIDE

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In 3 generations more than 50 million women have been systematically exterminated from India’s population ____________________________________________ That’s equal to the populations of Sweden, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium and Portugal put together ____________________________________________ This is a targeted and mass annihilation of a group for one reason only – because they are FEMALE See 'The 50 million missing women,' in Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics , vol. 19, no. 9 (September 2002):411–16

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HOW WERE 50 MILLION WOMEN EXTERMINATED FROM INDIA’S POPULATION? Millions were eliminated through sex-selective abortions since the 1970s. However millions of girls and women have been killed after birth in India only because of their gender – Killings that Diana Russell has called FEMICIDES .

TOP SIX FORMS OF FEMICIDE IN INDIA :

TOP SIX FORMS OF FEMICIDE IN INDIA Female Infanticide (1-year and under) Killing of girls 5 years and under through starvation and violence Killing of women through repeated and forced abortions Dowry related Murders “Honor” Killings “Witch” Lynching

PREMEDITATED MURDERS OF FEMALE INFANTS (new born to age 1 year):

PREMEDITATED MURDERS OF FEMALE INFANTS (new born to age 1 year) through old traditional methods like feeding poison feeding salt drowning burying alive through newer methods meant to be “medically certifiable” like wrapping in a wet blanket to induce pneumonia or feeding alcohol to induce diarrhea

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UN-DESA 2011 Report on “Sex Differentials in Childhood Mortality” shows: mortality rate for girls from 1-5years is 75% higher than boys in the same age group in India . 100 girls die for every 56 boys! World wide mortality rate in this age group 116 boys per 100 girls!

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Karishma’s Attempted Murder: From The 50 Million Missing Campaign’s Case Fi le attempt to kill her by traditional method used in Bengal – of putting ‘salt in the mouth’; she was deliberately starved, dangerously underweight, she was often beaten unconscious At age 2 years, she was un-named. I named her Karishma – meaning ‘miracle’

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A Research report on Domestic Violence in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine ( 165: 22-27 , 2011 ) shows: Of the girls whose birth was recorded in India between 1985 to 2005, 1.2 million were killed as infants. And another 1.8 million girls were killed before they turned 6 years old. The head of this research, Dr. Jay Silverman said , “Shockingly, this violence does not pose a threat to your life if you are lucky enough to be born a boy ."

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This research also showed that Violence kills women in the same homes where girls are killed! __________________________________ My Observations Show the Same Correlation: Homes with dowry violence or murder also have forced abortions, female feticides, and/or infanticides. The REVERSE is also true.

Violence on Mitu and her Daughters:

Violence on Mitu and her Daughters From The 50 Million Missing Campaign’s Case File Mitu is a doctor, married to a doctor. Her in-laws are teachers and professors She was abused by her husband and in- laws for dowry after her wedding She was abused for refusing to abort her twin girls and pushed down the stairs when pregnant One of her babies, after birth was kicked down the stairs in an attempt to kill her

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Roopa’s Attempted Murder: From The 50 Million Missing Campaign’s Case File Roopa is Karishma’s mother. Roopa was starved and battered daily for dowry. Her husband and in-laws force fed her acid to kill her. The 50 Million Missing members helped her get surgery which saved her life but she returned to the house under intense social pressure.

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GREED (NOT DOWRY) IS ESCALATING FEMICIDE Dowry is an endless demand for wealth from a bride. Women are killed when the money stops. Dowry Murders are often staged as accidents or suicides . Dowry murders are PREMEDITATED . And they are GANG-KILLINGS. Most dowry murders are not investigated or even filed by police Methods of Dowry Murders: Burning Hanging Feeding Acid Drowning Contract Killers

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A Report in The Lancet ( Volume 373, Issue 9671 , Pages 1282 - 1288, 11 April 2009) which collates Hospital records shows: more than a 100,000 women were burnt to death in India in one year; 1 woman was killed every 5 minutes “BRIDE BURNINGS” Burning is the most common method of dowry murders Easiest to stage as “accidents” since women work in the kitchen ___________________________________________________________

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But there are thousands of women and girls burnt, hanged, drowned, poisoned to death or killed otherwise for whom there is no hospital or police record

“HONOUR” KILLINGS:

“HONOUR” KILLINGS Estimated to be more than a 1000 EVERY YEAR ________________________________________ Some News Headlines: “ Honour Killing: Kin Burn Girl Alive in Meham’s Education Hub,” Hindustan Times, Sept 14, 2012 “College Girl Killed by Family for Marrying Classmate of Different Caste,” DNA, October 28, 2012 “Man Chops off Sister, Niece for Honour ,” Daily Bhaskar , Aug 26, 2012

WOMEN ARE KILLED BY FORCED ,MUTLIPLE ABORTIONS TO RID GIRLS :

WOMEN ARE KILLED BY FORCED ,MUTLIPLE ABORTIONS TO RID GIRLS ___________________________________________________ India has the HIGHEST MATERNAL MORTALITY RATE : 1 Woman Dies Of Pregnancy Related Causes Every 5 Minutes ___________________________________________________ Some News Reports: “Forced Abortion Costs Woman’s Life,” The Indian Express, Berhampur , August 01, 2012 “Woman Bleeds to Death After Forced Abortion in Andhra Pradesh,” India Today, November 24, 2011

WOMEN ARE KILLED FOR GIVING BIRTH TO GIRLS! ------------------------------------------------- Some Newspaper Headlines “WB: Woman Burnt to Death for giving birth to Girls” Press Trust of India, March 25, 2012 “Woman Killed for Giving Birth to Baby Girl” The Times of India, Ludhiana, June 26, 2009 “Woman Killed for Giving Birth to a Girl in Amravati” The Times of India, October 19, 2007:

WOMEN ARE KILLED FOR GIVING BIRTH TO GIRLS! ------------------------------------------------- Some Newspaper Headlines “WB: Woman Burnt to Death for giving birth to Girls” Press Trust of India, March 25, 2012 “Woman Killed for Giving Birth to Baby Girl” The Times of India, Ludhiana, June 26, 2009 “Woman Killed for Giving Birth to a Girl in Amravati” The Times of India, October 19, 2007

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THE MOST IMPORTANT QUESTIONS WE MUST ASK ARE: Are Illiteracy and poverty the causes of India’s Female Genocide? Are education and economic betterment -- the solution?

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India’s 2011 CENSUS DATA shows this: The best sex ratio for girls is in the BOTTOM –MOST 20% of the population As WEALTH and EDUCATION increases (even for girls and women) the sex ratio WORSENS The sex ratio for girls is WORST in the TOP MOST 20% of Indians [See The Lancet , Volume 377, Issue 9781 , Pages 1921 - 1928, 4 June 2011]

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WHY IS THIS SO? BECAUSE INDIA’S FEMALE GENOCIDE IS A SOCIAL PROCESS THAT TAKES POWER AWAY FROM WOMEN TO CONSOLIDATE IT UNDER MEN AND PATRIARCHAL FAMILY STRUCTURES. THE MORE WEALTH THERE IS, THE MORE THERE IS AT STAKE FOR MEN TO CONTROL; HENCE GREATER THE ANNIHILATION OF WOMEN

“WITCH HUNTINGS” The National Crime Record Bureau of India shows 768 women have been mob-lynched as “witches” since 2008. Most are widows or single women Actual numbers ,much higher . Numbers of cases are increasing. In 2011, just one state, Karnataka, had 77 cases of “witch” lynchings! Thousands of widows live in the towns of Varanasi and Vrindavan in abject poverty, many subject to sexual abuse. Most are driven out of their homes by their families and flee to these towns considered “holy.” INVESTIGATIONS SHOW THAT WOMEN AND WIDOWS ARE KILLED AND/OR EVICTED SO THEIR LAND AND HOMES CAN BE TAKEN AWAY BY MEN. :

“WITCH HUNTINGS” The National Crime Record Bureau of India shows 768 women have been mob-lynched as “witches” since 2008. Most are widows or single women Actual numbers ,much higher . Numbers of cases are increasing. In 2011, just one state, Karnataka, had 77 cases of “witch” lynchings ! Thousands of widows live in the towns of Varanasi and Vrindavan in abject poverty, many subject to sexual abuse. Most are driven out of their homes by their families and flee to these towns considered “holy.” INVESTIGATIONS SHOW THAT WOMEN AND W IDOWS ARE KILLED AND/OR EVICTED SO THEIR LAND AND HOMES CAN BE TAKEN AWAY BY MEN.

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DOWRY IS THE JACK-POT. THE EASIEST FORM OF WEALTH ACQUISITION. HENCE EVERYONE RICH AND POOR, WANTS SONS. THE MORE EDUCATION A GIRL HAS, THE BIGGER THE DOWRY, THE BIGGER THE FINACIAL “LOSS.” PARENTS PAY DOWRY TO MAKE SURE THE DAUGHTER DOESN’T CLAIM INHERITANCE LATER . A FORM OF DISINVESTMENT! WHY KILL A WOMAN FOR MORE DOWRY? WHY NOT DIVORCE? BECAUSE IF SHE’S ALIVE SHE CAN DEMAND HER DOWRY BACK! BUT THE LEGAL SYSTEM HARDLY PROSECUTES DOWRY MURDERS!

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Anshu Singh’s Murder for Dowry: From The 50 Million Missing’s Case File She was very well educated , with a good job at an American multinational. Her husband and in-laws demands for dowry kept getting bigger. They forced her to take out thousands of dollars in loans. She was killed around the time she decided she wanted to leave the marriage