India: 60 Million Women Missing

indiaIndia has been plagued with rape cases in the last year. Most notably, a woman was gang-raped in New Delhi and died 13 days later from her injuries. However, that is only the tip of the iceberg because over 60 million women are missing in India.

Sunny Hundal, author of the e-book India Dishonored: Behind a Nation’s War on Women, suggests these women were aborted, killed once born, died of neglect because they were girls, or possibly murdered because they did not pay enough dowry at marriage. He explains where the number 60 million came from:

That number isn’t a wild exaggeration or a figure thoughtlessly plucked out of the air, but a matter of demographics. As far back as 1991, the economist Amartya Sen pointed out that Asia was missing 100 million women because of sex-selection and the poor attention paid to women. In 2005, it was estimated at 50 million Indian women in the New York Times. But this isn’t a new problem.

In 1991, the Indian census showed an unprecedented drop of women in the sex-ratio. After running tests to check whether women had been under-counted, they found that a massive explosion in sex-selection during the 80s had led to…



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