Sex-Selection Abortions on Girl Babies Devastate India as Grooms Have Difficulty Finding Brides

International   |   Sarah Zagorski   |   Sep 14, 2015   |   6:31PM   |   New Delhi, India

In India, sex-selection abortions are forcing men to travel to find wives since there is a shortage of women to marry in the country. The Daily Mail reports that Indian men, specifically in the rural northern part of the country, are having a hard time finding spouses because of the imbalanced male to female ratio.

For example, Sadhuram Berwal wanted to get married but couldn’t find a wife in Haryana state even though he asked his family, neighbors and even a local priest. Eventually, he did marry a woman named Anita who lived 2,500 miles away from him in Kerala. However, she spoke a different language than Berwal and had to relocate to his village to marry.

She explained, “When I first came here, I didn’t much care for the place. I couldn’t go out, I couldn’t contact anyone. Now I speak very good Haryanvi, almost as well as anyone in the village. No-one believes that I’m from Kerala. I speak like a native.”

Additionally, Anita’s neighbor Sreeja married a man from the same village as Berwal even though she was from Kerala. She said, “We were four sisters. What could my poor mother do? The stigma of having four unmarried daughters was too much for her. When this offer came from Birbal’s family, my mother said I was lucky. His uncles spoke to my mother over the telephone. Then they came to Kerala and met me and my family. Within a couple of days, I was married and I came here.”

Unfortunately, the lack of females in the country fuels the sex-trafficking industry in India. In 2013, India’s National Crime Records Bureau reported that nearly 25,000 girls and women ages 15-30 were kidnapped and sold into marriage across the country. Then, in 2014, CNN published an article highlighting the severity of sex-selection abortion in India. Author Carl Gierstorfer wrote, “Decades of sex-selective abortion have created an acute lack of women in certain parts of India. Traffickers capitalize on the shortage by recruiting or kidnapping women ensnared in poverty to sell as brides.”

He added, “In the state of Uttar Pradesh, there are only 858 girls born for every 1,000 boys, a ratio that doesn’t occur naturally without medical intervention. The northwestern state of Uttar Pradesh is home to one of the largest skewed sex ratios in India.”

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Professor Prabhat Jha, who works at the Center for Global Health Research in Toronto, conducted a study on abortions in India and commented on the staggering rate of sex-selection abortion of baby girls. He said, “The number of girls being aborted is increasing and may have reached 12 million with the lower estimate of 4 million over the last three decades. The logic is families are saying if Nature gives us a first boy, then we don’t do anything. But if Nature gives a first girl then perhaps we would consider ultrasound testing and selective abortion for the subsequent children. The preference for boys doesn’t differ between rich and poor, it is similar. But the means to ensure a boy is greater among the educated and the rich.”

Ultimately, even though there isn’t a one-child policy in place in India, their society gives preference to male children. This is why it is critical for pro-life activists to remain vigilant in their work to expose abortionists who perform abortions on these vulnerable women. As LifeNews previously reported, women are often abused and forced to have sex-selection abortions in India even though they are illegal. For example, in 2012, an Indian woman was nearly beaten to death by her husband and in-laws to induce a miscarriage because she was thought to be pregnant with a girl.

In another case, a woman was forced into six sex-selection abortions after her family discovered she was pregnant with girls. The woman, Amisha Bhatt, went to the police and worked to expose doctors who were involved in illegal sex-discrimination tests. She said, “There may have been many such women like me. The doctors were maintaining a secret list of patients on which sex determination tests were being conducted.”