Dozens of women have been killed in Pakistan already this year — not from war, from malnutrition, lack of medical care or because they didn’t have enough food. Instead, they were killed because they gave birth to girls.
The pro-life movement has, for years, tried to bring more attention to the real war on women — gendercide: the specific killing of girls, before or after birth, simply because they are girls. Whether it’s infanticide, abortion, neglect, selling them to illegal foreign adoption agencies, subjecting them to sex trafficking or selling them outright, girls before and after birth continue to be targeted worldwide. While pro-abortion groups like Planned Parenthood and NARAL tout a so-called war on women, this is the real war on women these pro-aborting roups rarely discuss.
Fifty-six women have been killed in Pakistan this year for giving birth to a girl rather than a boy, human rights activist IA Rehman said at a symposium here on Monday.
“A country where mothers are killed for giving birth to baby girls can’t be called an ethical society,” Rehman said at the symposium, titled ‘Youth emerging as a force for positive change’, meant to mark the International Day to Eliminate Violence Against Women. The event was arranged by the All Pakistan Women’s Association (APWA).
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From January 2012 to September 2013, there were also 90 acid attacks on women, 72 cases of burning caused by other means, 491 cases of domestic violence, 344 cases of gang rape and 835 cases of violence, he said. “Young girls are being raped in Pakistan and all we do is shout rather that do anything practical,” he said.
Rehman said that giving girls and boys equal access to education and introducing a uniform education system for the rich and the poor would bring about positive changes in Pakistan. “It has taken us 62 years to say that education is a basic right,” he said.