Wednesday, February 28, 2007

A Garden of Girls is Missing From Earth

Early this year, the British medical journal Lancet estimated the male-female gap at 43 million. Worldwide, Lancet said, there are 100 million "missing girls" who should have been born but were not. Fifty million of them would have been Chinese and 43 million would have been Indian. The rest would have been born in Afghanistan, South Korea, Pakistan and Nepal.
China gave an even bleaker assessment last month, with the government saying that its men will outnumber women in the year 2020 by 300 million.

--from "India's Imbalance of Sexes"

This disturbing article on a subject that's been talked about for a while now--it's not news, is it, that girls are disposed of via abortion and other means just cause the fetuses are female?--gives another look into the harvest that's coming from what has been sown via abortions/feticide and infanticide. Even the wild economic growth in India hasn't stamped out the practice. Girls are still not valued equally as boys, period. And technology makes it easier to dispose of the unwanted.

"Raising a daughter is like watering your neighbor's garden." -- Punjabi saying

But it's not just in Punjab, this problem. It's across India. It's in China, in Pakistan, in other places.

And the attitude of the disposability of preborn living human beings is global.

I know personally, not by anecdote, a woman--white, American, affluent--who aborted a fetus because it was...a boy. No other reason. She simply wanted a girl, and she already had sons at home. So, bye-bye superfluous boy baby.

It's the sort of thing that chills you right to the marrow.

Sci-fi stories can speculate on things that may come about because suddenly men will not have enough women in their own countries to marry and beget the next generation with. I suspect that once the farcical stories are out of the way, most speculations will be on the dark and troubling side. The dark stuff is already showing:

One Geneva-based research center, in a 2005 update on the phenomenon, termed it "the slaughter of Eve."
"What we're seeing now is genocide," says Sabu George, a New Delhi-based activist. "We will soon exceed China in losing 1 million girls a year."
The date may already be here. In a report released Dec. 12, UNICEF said India is "missing" 7,000 girls a day or 2.5 million a year.
Although India has passed laws forbidding sex-specific abortions, legions of compliant doctors and lax government officials involved in India's $100 million sex-selection industry have made sure they are rarely enforced.
Several companies, notably General Electric Corp., have profited hugely from India's love affair with the ultrasound machine.
As a result, a new class of wifeless men are scouring eastern India, Bangladesh and Nepal for available women. India, already a world leader in sex trafficking, is absorbing a new trade in girls kidnapped or sold from their homes and shipped across the country.

The women pay the price. They get aborted in higher numbers. Then they get kidnapped and raped or sold into sex slavery when there aren't enough women to satisfy the menfolks cause, well, the women were ABORTED to begin with.

We need to learn, and learn very soon and quite profoundly, that watering a neighbor's garden is a benevolent and praiseworthy act, a good deed, and not a foolish waste of resources.

hat tip to Elliot the Conciliator.

1 comment:

Elliot said...

I've already heard stories about men in remote China sharing wives - one woman for two or three men. I imagine some women might like that ratio but I'd bet it would get ugly in many cases, especially if women aren't treated well to begin with.

It's very sad.