Target: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
Goal: Stop the killing of female babies in India
In the rural areas of India, many families prefer boys over girls, and this preference has resulted in a staggering number of female feticides. Female babies are often killed through suffocation or drowning. Tell the Prime Minister that this barbaric treatment of girls has to stop immediately.
Agricultural regions in northern India are facing the worst of this problem, and many of the locals have written to their politicians to solve the problem. Females in India are not valued as much as men because Indian cultures demand that the bride’s family pay a dowry, and that giving away a daughter means that the family is losing money. Men however, are highly valued because they will allegedly continue to provide for their families and offer care to their elderly parents. An expensive dowry and wedding also make families hesitant to have a girl.
Several districts in India have been reporting a steady rise of girls disappearing. It’s believed that hundreds of thousands of girls are being killed because of this preference. A ban was set in 1994 to protect girls from this atrocity, but it hasn’t proven effective in combatting female infanticide. Many health officials are unaware of its provisions, and even if they are, doctors and their patients will still abort a female child in private.
Sign this petition and demand the prime minister of India to train their heath officials to know the law and stop the practice of female infanticide. Girls are not inferior to men, and an attitude that encourages murder is unacceptable.
Dear Prime Minister Manmohan Singh,
I am writing to express my anger and frustration with your country’s problem of female infanticide. It is unfair that a baby girl is killed because of her sex. It is also disappointing that society seems to think that girls and women can contribute so little, when it has been proven that women can contribute a lot. Your country has already implemented measures to try and curb this atrocious behavior, but it has done little to change attitudes and the practice continues.
I ask that your nation fully train your health officials to know the law and identify the differences between an abortion and infanticide. Perhaps this will help alleviate the problem of female infanticide, but your nation needs to adjust their attitude towards women before real change can occur.
[Your Name Here]
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