Killing fields in Orissa

From India probes baby body parts find on the Beeb:

Police in the eastern Indian state of Orissa say they have recovered nearly 30 bags full of babies’ body parts from a waste dump near a maternity clinic.

Forensic tests are being carried out on the remains following the raid near the town of Nayagarh on Sunday.

It is thought the find could be linked to the killing of female foetuses – a practice fairly widespread in India.

When will this end? We need some sort of a tipping point to make the change happen.

Spare a thought for the poor babies. Sigh.


3 thoughts on “Killing fields in Orissa

  1. The day the dowry system ends.

    If by any quirk of fate it ever so happens that the grooms’ has to pay the dowry to the brides family, the opposite will take place; we will have a spate of aborted male foetuses.

    For it is not primarily a gender hatred. It is what having a daughter means to some family earner.

    Not only will he sacrifice, scrimp and save for the rest of his life, but when his daughter(s) grow up, all his hard earned wealth he will have to hand over to a perfect stranger. Just so his daughter has a fair treatment by her in-laws.

    How many of those who are expressing shock and horror at this news have themselves participated in an exchange of dowries? There must be many.

    It is time for all of us to take steps to eradicate the dowry system to prevent such practice in future.

  2. Yeah, the dowry system has to go but it looks like it’ll take more than a law to make that happen. I think that there needs to be a drastic change in the way people approach those who ask for dowry. It still exists and though we hear of the occasional person who’s fighting it, it’s sad that most people just accept it as a fact of life. It irks me to no end.

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