Read on for a selection of news stories and issues that highlighted the girl child’s issues in India recently.

Graveyard of unborn daughters
Over 100 female fetuses were dug out of a well near Patiala. A mass grave of female foetus was detected today in a vacant plot owned by quacks Pritam Singh, an ex-serviceman and his wife Amarjit Kaur of this town, by a high-level team of state health authorities after it raided the premises of the local Sahib Hospital run by these quacks. They had been allegedly involved in illegal abortions for the past many years.
The Tribune, Patran (Patiala, Punjab, India), 9 August,  2006
Man dies of shock as wife bears baby girl
A man in Orissa was so shocked after he heard that his wife had given birth to a girl child that he fell to the ground, hit his head against a wall and succumbed to his injuries.

Times of India, Balasore (Orissa), 30 Aug, 2006
Now, sting ops to check foeticide

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, two retired inspectors-general, one woman lawyer and the director-general of health services will together be part of this cell.

Times of India, New Delhi, 1 Aug, 2005
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 were slashed by a local villager, angry at the work she was doing in rural Madhya Pradesh, a state in central India, to prevent about 20 child weddings from going ahead.

International Herald Tribune, Indore, June 2, 2005

Women and girls must be protected from violence, UN Special Adviser on Gender Issues tells rights committee
States who have signed on to the United Nations international bill of rights for women must continue to press for an end to gender-based violence, the Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Gender Issues and Advancement of Women today told experts gathering in New York to evaluate compliance with the treaty.

UN News centre, 15 January, 2007