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Victims:

She didn’t know what it was when she was growing up. She felt the difference. Her brother was free; he could do whatever he wanted. Her father was upset with her; she didn’t know why. Her mother felt constantly bothered by her presence and was always strict with her. She never received the same privileges her brother did. Her father adored him and looked at her like she was “useless and a waste of time and money.”

She finally realized what it was when she was finally ready to have a family of her own. Her husband was caring; but it all soon changed when she learnt that she was going to be with child. She was told to do a sex-determination test, and the result proved to be less than desirable. Her in-laws demanded it. Her once caring husband demanded it. They were convinced that it would bring nothing but difficulties in their lives if she gave birth to a daughter.

They wanted her to get an abortion, but she didn’t want to. She wanted to give birth to her child and she wanted to be able to love it. But her husband and her in-laws began to harass and abuse her. She was left in a whirlwind of emotional and physical distress. The pressure to get an abortion just because she was carrying a girl was beginning to put her life at risk. Would they have asked her to get an abortion if she was carrying a boy? If only there was a way she can seek help to end this injustice…

Witness:

His father constantly encouraged him to do better in life; get a good education and a well-paid job. His mother constantly ensured that he was fed and taken care of. His sister would assist his mother in doing so. He was happy, but only up until his father would decide to scold his sister for being “useless and a waste of time and money” because that’s when he begins to question the reasons why his father was constantly upset with his sister.

He met a beautiful woman and got married. She was loved and appreciated by his parents. She was smart, educated and from a good family. She was a happy person. But then she got pregnant, and his parents demanded that she do a sex-determination test. He was going to a father to a baby girl. He was happy. His parents were not. They began to convince him to convince his wife to get an abortion. They were convinced that it would bring nothing but difficulties in their lives if she gave birth to a daughter.

He did not want to go against his parents, but he did not want his wife to go through an abortion if there was medically nothing wrong with it. Then, he heard about his sister who seemed to be facing a similar issue. His wife and he decided to not get an abortion and defy his parents. He then sought to help his sister because she did not seem to have the same support that his wife had from him. He sought to look for a way that he could find to help his sister. If only there was a way he could…

FAQ

What is female feticide?
Feticide is the abortion of an unborn child. Female feticide (abortion) is illegal because of gender selective bias against girls.
How is abortion different from feticide?
Technically feticide and abortion can be used interchangeably. In a sense both mean to terminate a pregnancy. According to SarasCare, feticide is the preferred word to use when there is a ‘criminal intention’ behind termination of pregnancy. E.g. when sex determination techniques are used to determine the gender of the unborn baby and is terminated because of undesirable gender.
How is sex determined female feticide done?
Offenders make use of specialised equipment to determine the sex of the fetus before aborting it.
What is the impact of female feticide?
Gender imbalances (Ratio of women to men becomes drastically low, even though the female gender is naturally stronger)
How does the reporting feature work?
When a witness or a victim reports a crime, a case is generated. A case officer will review the case and pass it onto relevant authorities for action
Can I report a crime unrelated to cruelty against women (e.g. theft)?
No. Our service is meant only for reporting female feticide
Is my privacy respected?
Yes, absolutely. The details you provide will not be divulged to anyone
Can I donate directly to a victim?
We can certainly help facilitate that in most cases
Can I make some suggestions to improve services?
We welcome suggestions to improve our services.

If young --- men were protesting against foeticide as passionately as they protest interfaith marriages, that really would be a marker of progress for the --- community...

- Harpreet Kaur Grewal (writer and journalist)

(She was) threatened with a forced abortion if tests showed she was carrying a girl in a subsequent pregnancy...

- A victim

Her in-laws were complicit in the physical and verbal abuse as well, pressing for a male heir...

- A concerned brother

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