Target: Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi
Goal: Stop the trafficking of brides in India
There is a skewered ratio of men and women in India, and that is because of a disturbing social preference of males over females. There are about eight hundred girls for every one thousand boys in some rural villages of India, leaving many men paying human traffickers for brides. The epidemic has left many families mourning for their lost daughters and granddaughters. These blatant abductions of women and girls must stop, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi has to put an end to it.
India placed a ban on portable ultrasound machines because couples who found out that their child was a girl would be more inclined to abort the fetus. In a society where boys are the favored child, girls are often aborted simply because they are considered a burden. This disturbing logic has led to a skewered ratio of men to women. Many Indian men are without wives, and some have resorted to buying them from human traffickers. These traffickers kidnap, torment, and rape women and girls to make a profit. Unfortunately, when these women escape their captors, they are still shamed from their community and family. This epidemic needs to end otherwise India’s society will be torn asunder.
India has tried to put a stop to female infanticide. The country has outlawed the use of ultrasounds so couples won’t know the sex of the baby and thus won’t feel inclined to kill the fetus. The country has also banned dowries because women were considered expensive for the family to marry off. Unfortunately many rural and urban families still keep to the tradition. A social change needs to happen to stop the abduction and trafficking of these women, and the government must encourage this change. Urge Prime Minister Narendra Modi to push for change so all Indian citizens will value both men and women equally in this country.
Dear Prime Minister Narendra Modi,
There is a serious social problem in your country, and it has led to the abduction of thousands of women and girls. Because of your country’s preference of males over females, it has led to a grossly unbalanced ratio of men to women. Many men cannot find brides and then choose to seek a spouse through human traffickers. The buying and selling of a human being is illegal by international law, and the act of kidnapping a woman or girl is an extremely traumatic experience.
I know your country has done much to stop female infanticide, but laws are not helping. I am urging you to make a social change. I want you to lead a social revolution through which men and women are considered equal. Babies should not be aborted because they are the wrong sex. A male or female can contribute to society and India needs to understand this.
[Your Name Here]
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