India may have joined the G20 but its treatment of female population is at the bottom of the G20 nations.
”It’s a miracle a woman survives in India. Even before she is born, she is at risk of being aborted due to our obsession for sons. As a child, she faces abuse, rape and early marriage and even when she marries, she is killed for dowry. If she survives all of this, as a widow she is discriminated against and given no rights over inheritance or property,” says Shemeer Padinzjharedilm an Indian blogger.
The United Nations has called India the most dangerous place on earth for a girl.
How sad. It’s happening in a country, where 80% Hindu population calls its homeland “Dharati Mata (Mother India)” and godess of wealth, “Lakshami Mata”.
In Hindu society, a widow is not allowed to remarry or even wear colorful clothes or jewellery. Widows are outcasted as witches and considered impure and burden on family and Hindu society. Some of the widows were forced to shave their heads and were blamed for the ‘untimely’ death of their husbands. India is home to world’s largest widow population (34 million or 8% of total women population). Many of these widows end up working as prostitutes to survive.
India’s rape culture can be found all over Indian society – among ordinary people to high-ranking officials. For example, The Indian Express, reported on June 14, 2013, that wife of an Indian Navy Lt. Commander had accused her husband with forcing her to get “sexually involved” with his senior officers (as a bribe for his promotion, I suppose). She is holder of a MBA degree.
In November 2012, a 13-year-old “untouchable” girl was gangraped by several individuals in Indian state of Punjab. She remembered the rapists but the local police refused to investigate the incident. In December 2012, a 23-year-old para-medical student was gangraped by six people in a moving bus in New Delhi. The girl later died of her injuries.
Of all the crimes against women rape is the fastest growing. According to the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), the number of rape cases registered in India increased by a startling 873.3 per cent, from 2,487 in 1971 to 24,206 in 2011. In comparison, the murder cases increased by 250 per cent over an even longer period, six decades, starting from 1953 to 2011. The country’s capital city, Delhi, has earned a dubious distinction of also being the ‘Crime Capital’ of India. At least 560 cases of rape were reported in the city during the past one year. And that is a very conservative figure, which many fear could be even double.
One woman dies every hour in dowry-related crimes in India, with over 8,000 deaths reported in 2012. The numbers steadily increased between the years of 2007 and 2011, pointing to a rise in the demand for dowries.
Each year, millions of women and children are trafficked in India for sex and labor. India has become the hub of world’s child sex slavery, worth $10 billion per year.
Experts say child marriage remains among the biggest hurdles to women’s development in India and has a domino effect. Almost 45 percent of Indian girls are married before they turn 18, says the International Center for Research on Women. A child bride will drop out of school and is more likely to have complications during child birth. One in five Indian women, many child mothers, die during pregnancy or child birth, the United Nations says.
Every 12 seconds, a baby girl is aborted in India. That’s about 7,000 girls killed every day just because they are females.
Jewish author, Rachel Moran, in her autobiography, Paid For: My Journey Through Prostitution, describes how she was taken into state custody at 14 and within a year, was homeless, hungry and vulnerable. Her lack of choice fed her into the belly of prostitution. For next seven years, she lived through repeated rapes from buyers and relentless violence.
Some readers may not know, there is a group, called, Sex Trafficking Surviviors United, which provides moral support to victims of sex slavery. However, they don’t receive compensation money like the ‘Holocaust Survivors’.
According to 2013 sex ratio; there are 940 females for every 1,000 males.
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