» 06/19/2012, 00.00
Haryana, an all-woman city council fights selective abortions and female foeticide
In Bibipur village, the first all-female local council wants to set up vigilance committees to monitor and control pregnant women. Each group will consist of three women and one man. The state is one of the worst in India, and has a strong imbalance between male and female births: 830 girls for every 1,000 boys.
Stop to selective female abortions
Mumbai launches an awareness campaign to stop amniocentesis tests designed to find out foetal sex. Heavy fines will be levied on violators.
Indian women, forever victims
A culture that places women in a state of complete inferiority is the root cause of ten million unwanted baby girls. The birth of a daughter creates economic and status problems.
New Delhi fights "monstrous" crime of female foeticide
In the lead-up to 8 March, the New Delhi governor has launched a campaign against selective abortions. Activists warn: Laws against the practice have been around for years, but no one has ever been convicted.
Indian government invites church to cooperation in medical sphere
In a speech on selective abortions, the Health Minister praised the commitment of Christians. The secretary of the Health Commission of the Bishops' Conference told AsiaNews: "Our commitment is sincerely appreciated. We collaborate, preserving Catholic ethics."
Free secondary school and university education for girls to stop selective female abortions
The government aims at population control whilst stopping selective abortions and improving the status of women in society.
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