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460,000 Girls in India were “Missing” At Birth Each Year Between 2013 and 2017: UN Report

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Urgent and accelerated action is needed to end female genital mutilation, child marriage, and other harmful practices and abuses carried out against women and girls, the UNFPA said on Tuesday.

 

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Between 2013 and 2017, 460,000 girls in India were “Missing” At Birth each year due to gender-biased sex selection, states a United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) report.

The report ‘Against My Will- State of World Population 2020’, said that two countries— China and India—together account for about 90 per cent to 95 per cent of the estimated 1.2 million to 1.5 million missing female births annually worldwide due to gender-biased (prenatal) sex selection.

 

The report focuses primarily on: female genital mutilation, child marriage, and extreme bias against daughters, in favour of sons.

Highlighting that an estimated 4.1 million girls will be subjected to female genital mutilation this year alone, the report also notes that today, 33,000 girls under age 18 will be forced into marriage, usually to much older men.

Also, the report says, an extreme and continuing preference for sons over daughters in some countries has fuelled gender-biased sex selection, or extreme neglect, that leads to girls’ death as children, resulting in what amounts to around 140 million “missing females”.

Speaking to journalists in Geneva, Monica Ferro, UNFPA Geneva Director, alerted that all these harmful practices are based on the “assumption that the rights and the well-being of women and girls are less of those of men and boys”, resulting in “fewer choices and “putting them under the sexual, economic and legal control of men, which is also a violation of their human rights.”

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