The body of a late-term aborted baby girl was found in a dump this week in India, possibly after an illegal sex-selection abortion.
Sex-selection abortions and other abuses of women are rampant in India, and the population is suffering from a severe gender imbalance as a result.
The Tribune reports someone found the baby girl’s body this week in a garbage dump in Garhdiwala, India, and immediately alerted authorities.
Doctors at Hoshiarpur Civil Hospital who examined the body determined that it was a girl about 7-months gestation, and she probably was aborted in an illegal, back-alley abortion, according to the report.
Councillor of Ward No. 3 Gurdeep Singh said someone had thrown the foetus in the garbage dump opposite Truck Union. In the morning, when some shopkeepers went to the dump to throw garbage, they spotted the foetus. The former informed the councillor about the matter, who further informed the police.
Police said they suspect the baby was the victim of a sex-selection abortion. They said they will continue to investigate.
Abortions are illegal after 20 weeks of pregnancy in India. Sex-selection abortions also are illegal, but many still occur because of a cultural preference for male children. Some women report being abused or threatened by their families unless they abort unborn baby girls.
The abuses endured by women and girls in India are horrifying. One woman was brutally beaten and mutilated by her estranged husband and another was doused with gasoline and almost lit on fire because their families suspected they were pregnant with girls.
Earlier this year, the Government of India estimated 63 million girls are missing from its population. Many who make it outside of the womb are subjected to neglect, abuse and even infanticide and murder.
Al Jazeera recently profiled one Indian mother who suffered years of physical abuse, harassment and intimidation from her husband, in part, because she kept bearing baby girls. Two of her unborn daughters also were aborted forcibly by her husband.
LifeNews reported about another gruesome case where an India woman’s in-laws allegedly poured gas on her and tried to set her on fire because they believed she was pregnant with a girl. In 2017, another woman died along with her unborn baby girl after an allegedly forced, sex-selection abortion.
The discrimination and abuses against women have led to a huge population crisis in the Asian country.
The 2011 India census data showed there were 914 girls for every 1,000 boys under age 7, according to the BBC. In some parts of the country, the population imbalance was even worse. In the Indian state of Tiruvannamalai, men outnumbered women at a ratio of 1,000 to 878.
Indian government leaders have been trying to crack down on the discriminatory practices. Sex-selection abortions and tests to determine the baby’s sex are illegal in India. In 2015, some of the nation’s leaders also put together creative social campaigns to promote the value of girls and discourage gender discrimination.