Falak saga latest in India’s battle for its missing girls

February 7, 2012

A two-year-old girl battling for life in a New Delhi hospital has put the media spotlight on a sordid tale of child abuse and prostitution in the world’s biggest democracy.

Three weeks ago, a toddler with severe injuries was brought to the hospital by a teenager claiming to be her mother. The child, later named Falak (sky) by nurses, was in critical condition, with human bite marks on her body.

Her story is being played out on television screens across India, shocking viewers with images of a hapless baby hooked up to a ventilator. There are daily updates on her health, while television campaigns exhort the government to do more for abandoned children.

The case has also drawn attention to one of India’s most shameful truths — shocking levels of mistreatment and neglect of the girl child.

Media reports say the battered and bruised toddler had been abandoned by her biological mother and passed on several times before landing up in the arms of a teenager, herself a victim of abuse.

A TrustLaw survey in 2011 ranked India fourth among the world’s most dangerous countries for women — with respondents citing female foeticide, child marriage and high levels of trafficking and domestic servitude.

Falak’s mother, tracked down by police this week, was apparently unaware of the child’s condition. The young woman has a sob story of her own — lured to New Delhi with the promise of a job, nearly forced into prostitution, coerced into a second marriage and separated from her three children.

Doctors have said Falak, even if she survives, could suffer the effects of brain damage. While the plucky toddler clings to life for now, millions of girls in India may suffer a worse fate due to a preference for sons over daughters.

Census data last year showed a child sex ratio of 914 girls for every 1,000 boys born — indicating efforts to curb female foeticide haven’t borne results.

What can India do to save the girl child?

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Child protection law is the only solution, India is a country full of unfortunate childrens, living in pathetic condition. Most of these poor childrens are at risk of landing in the hand of begger mafia or exploited, abused. At least to start with Indian govt. need to make a system of headcount for street children and periodic well-being check. Gradually they can implement this in village and remote areas as well, plus there should be stricter law to deal with child abuser/molesters so that they refrain from doing such act.

Posted by akbshk | Report as abusive

A son is a son till he gets a wife. A daughter is a daughter for all her life.
Most educated people have started realizing this.

Child protection law backed by strong awareness campaign through various media and simplifying adoption rules can start getting desired results.

Posted by AdityaS | Report as abusive

1. It is estimated that about 50 million girls have gone missing. They are aborted based on their sex. India has passed laws 18 years ago making it illegal for a medical practitioner to reveal the sex of an unborn baby. This law is rarely implemented because most of the government officials and judiciary are apathetic to this epidemic. This has caused the sex ratios to be extremely skewed in certain parts of India. Please read the following articles and the story of one lone woman, Dr Mitu Khurana, who has bought a case against the hospital, her husband and in- laws, who illegally found out the sex of her unborn twin baby girls and then tried to force her to have an abortion. She has been given the run around for four long years by the Indian judicial system.
http://crybelovedcountry.com/2012/01/the -face-of-gendercide/
http://www.tehelka.com/story_main51.asp? filename=Ne040212Lack.asp
Can anyone give a voice to the 50 million girls that have been silenced forever? All Dr. Khurana is asking for is a chance to go before an unbiased judge and be heard. Can we all give a voice to the 50 million murdered and raise the question with Indian officials as to why they are silently witnessing the elimination of a whole generation. The silence of the Indian officials tell the story and makes us wonder if Dr. Khurana and the 50 million dead baby girls will ever see justice done. Please give those 50 million girls silenced forever, a voice. Please forward this to as many friends as possible.
http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/a-mot hers-fight-to-save-her-daughters/
http://gendercide.epetitions.net/

This is Dr. Khurana’s story and website.
http://mitukhurana.wordpress.com/

Here is her ABC news interview with Elizabeth Vargus.
http://abcnews.go.com/2020/video/mom-sue s-laws-pressuring-abortion-15116865

Please take the time to read her story and sign the online petition at this link:
http://gendercide.epetitions.net/?

Posted by savedaughters | Report as abusive