06 Feb '12, 4am

India faces female infanticide crisis - Yahoo! via @yahoosg

As the only girl in her noisy classroom of 22 boys, Padma Kanwar Bhatti is one defiant symbol of the toll exacted by India's deadly preference for male children. Padma, 15, lives with her parents and two elder brothers in Devda, a village of 2,500 residents in the Rajasthan state district of Jaisalmer, which has one of the worst female sex ratios in the country. "There is no other girl in my class and there are very few girls in our village," she says hesitantly. Padma chooses to stare at her social science text book when asked why there are less girls and more boys in her village set in the barren lands of the Thar desert. "Girls die," she says in Marwari, the main language of Rajasthan. Almost everyone in Devda and neighbouring villages acknowledges the reality of female infanticide, a crime based in ancient custom and continued today even as much of India experiences ra...

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