Africa

THE GIRL – THE GODDESS

India, among the mystic land of religions, the wonder land of multitude of faiths and beliefs, the huge Diaspora of culture ; above all, amidst the unfathomable grandiose of Gods and deities, stands the ugly face of abuse it hands down to its most sacred core, the lost, neglected and tragically abused girl child. The…

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Stings to check infanticide

It’s now the turn of the Union health ministry to undertake sting operations. In an effort to check one of India’s worst menaces — female foeticide — the ministry will launch on August 16 the country’s first National Surveillance Cell to check and control female foeticide. A senior ex-police officer of the rank of director-general,…

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THE MALICE – THE INABILITY

THE ABANDONED CHILD A glaring irony stands out in the face of the Indian administration as it grapples with one of the biggest administrative failures, in the form of the unbridled prenatal sex determination and consequent selective abortions. The malice towards the unborn fetus and newly born female child continues even as statistics throw up…

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Children

India’s effort to stop child marriage hits a wall

While India has been waging a campaign against the traditional practice of child marriage, many people here consider it a failed, half-hearted effort. The government’s defeat has been symbolized by the image of Shakuntala Verma, a 48-year-old social worker who lies in a hospital, both arms crudely severed above the wrists. Verma believes her limbs…

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