Since the 1980s, millions of girls have been eliminated in India through sex selective abortions and starvation of baby girls.
The preference of boys mainly lies on tradition: boys can perform their parents’ last religious rites, inherit the family’s patrimony and carry on the father’s name. Girls are considered a financial burden: their dowry and wedding can cost their family’s life savings. If they don’t pay, violence can turn into murder. Around 7,000 dowry-related crimes are reported to the police every year.
Thirty years of sex selective births have created a shortage of girls in India, leaving many young men with no eligible brides. Bride-selling has developed in recent years, with women bought from poor Indian families or brought from other countries. Some end up raped by bride traffickers or forcibly sold as prostitutes in big cites.
Violence against women is the most widespread human rights violation, and probably the least evident and punished.
It is a worldwide phenomenon impacting all societies, regardless of their political and economic systems. It affects all cultures, social classes and ethnic groups. This violence, largely exercised by men against women, both reflects and reinforces gender inequality. Only recently has it been considered a public human rights issue in some countries, where both society and the State are reacting to halt the situation and provide care for its victims.
The consequences of violence against women are devastating: survivors regularly suffer from emotional disorders and mental health problems for the rest of their lives, not to mention those who meet their death.
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