Many women are forced into third, fourth, fifth, sixth and even eight month abortion; at least, this was happened to four women in Beed District (Maharashtra). They also had another thing in common – they were expecting girls. “Beed District is notorious for foeticide and female infanticide,” said Dr Pascoal Carvalho, member of the Pontifical Academy of Life, who spoke to AsiaNews. ”
In 1991, there were 4.2 million fewer girls than boys. In 2001, that were 6.2 million and now they are 7.1 million,” Dr Carvalho said. This “great social evil” is “cultural,” he explained. “Our society is patriarchal and boys have always been favoured. Females are seen as a burden; someone to educate and then give away in marriage with a hefty dowry. Once married, women are not respected until they give birth to a baby boy.
Pre-natal sex testing is illegal in India, but (illegal and expensive) private clinics are willing to turn a blind eye for a fee.