A Male Math Teacher in India is Standing up for Baby Girls!

Sunil Jaglan's village lies in the heart of Haryana's Jind district - an area notorious for honour killings and it's low sex ratio. He says he realised just how bad things were for women when his own daughter Nandini was born 6 months ago.

"When Nandini was born, I took sweets for every one and I was surprised when not just village women but even educated friends wondered why I was distributing sweets for a girl. I felt very bad," Jaglan says.
It was then that it became clear to him that to fight female foeticide he would have to get women on his side. He reasoned, he argued, he fought and continues to fight. All in the hope that little Nandini grows up in an equal society where women have a right to choice as much as anyone else.

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The man who teaches the value of girls in rural India

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Tragedy of the Commons-Part 3

Tragedy of the Commons-Part 3

Why Would Anyone Kill Their Daughter?

In 1789, Jonathan Duncan, a colonial officer repeatedly reported back to England that some of the Indians were killing their infant daughters.  The English were shocked.  Mara Hvistendahl writes that the economic systems the English established created problems that meant that women could no longer inherit property so Indians killed their daughters for financial survival.  Her argument is tortured.  She attempts to point how common infanticide was in England as well, but that begs the question why Duncan was so shocked that he was disgusted and kept pointing it out so much to his superiors that his concern for India’s baby girls was eventually called  Duncan’s Private War? If it was common in England, why would he have even been shocked?

Overpopulation Concerns

Hvistendahl depicts a link between the U.S.A. concern during the 1950’s and 1960’s with overpopulations and the spread of Communism led John D. Rockefeller III to urge a group of investors that supplied aid to these countries with burgeoning populations to limit their growth by making any aid contingent upon birth control.  The Johnson administration also urged governmental agencies to urge populations control.  This push led to the formation of China’s One Child Policy and India's push to limit family size. 

The citizens of the countries that responded to American pressure came to the decision that if they could only have two children they wanted both of them to be boys. Those that could afford amniocentesis and later ultrasound had sex selection abortions. Others chose to pay the midwife eighty cents to snap the spine of a newborn and declare her stillborn, or dunk her in a vat of milk, pummel her until she convulses and dies or leave her in a ditch to be eaten by packs of dogs.  Some say that they are doing the baby a favor since women have such hard lives and she has the chance to come back as a celebrated boy.

Girls Could Bring Dishonor

Governments concerned with the severe shortages of girls have tried to convince citizens to give their baby girls up for adoption.  Many thought that it would be better to preserve their honor by killing her than risking that she might grow up and bring dishonor on the family even as an adopted girl.

Others blame a misogynistic culture that honors only men and sees women as property to be used and abused as men see fit.  There is a long held belief that raising a girl is like watering someone else’s garden.  She will need food, clothes and medical care but will never pay you back since she will marry and move away to another family.  Boys are breadwinners and only sons can light the funeral pyre for his father ensuring that he goes to heaven.  Often, the first girl is allowed to live to serve the family as a mini-mom or slave, always eating the leftovers after the boys eat, not going to school and denied medical care unlike boys.


Many countries with biologically impossible male/sex ratios have strict class distinctions that define a person’s status.  Status and the honor of the family are more important than the life of a baby girl.  In the It’s a Girl trailer, one woman speaks nonchalantly about strangling eight baby girls so that she could finally have a boy.  Girls are considered inferior, disabled, unlucky, low status.  In western societies, the status of class if not as ridged or as valued.  We have class distinctions but they are fluid and no one is tried and murdered for trying to associate with another class, unlike in some countries.  Status in such countries is much more important than it is in the west, which is hard for westerners to understand. The Telegraph states that the middle class is jumping on selecting only males, following in the footsteps of the more wealthy who started the latest trend.


Baby girls are being killed in half of the population of the world.  Dowry is not an issue in many of these countries, yet the male to female ratios are an impossibility without human intervention.  Indians claim that they want to kill baby girls because they cannot afford the dowries that are required when she marries.  An Indian girl who is unmarried brings shame, but marrying one costs a lot of money.  This may be a contributing factor but it does explain why the wealthy classes practice girl killing in even greater numbers, nor why this is a problem all over the world. 

The male/female births in the Indian, Chinese and Vietnamese populations in the U.S.A. and the U.K are showing biologically impossible ratios even greater than in their home countries. This means that they are sex-selecting or killing infant girls.  The numbers are so massive around the world, that the sex ratio for the world has been skewed.

Primary Sources:  

Hvistendahl, M. (2011). Unnatural selection:choosing boys over girls, and the conseuences of a world full of men. (First ed.). New York: Public Affiars, a member of the Perseus Books Group.

Nicholas Eberstadt, “The Global War Against Baby Girls,” The New Atlantis, Number 33, Fall 2011

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Feeding Molek

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Feeding Molek
         by Marissa Mullins

The rock still stands --
growth of bushes,
briers, and half-dead flowers
covering its north side -- 
the south side shows
its grooved-smooth-gray-top,
this ragged side, chipped,
well-worn from use.

~ * ~

For thousands of years
it was a place of
fresh-born scrub-bushes
and twisted-tiny
crawling roses. The rock

at noon, the hottest hour
of the day, so the it
would pull the seeping blood
deep into its skin.
Faster than room and space made -- 
bodies slain and pushed aside -- 
they lined up with,
the crying children
held tight to breast, shoulder, face -- 
whispering, "remember the honor,
necessity. You must die."

In this way they fed Molek
the blood of their children
for days-on-end, one-by-one.
Crying babies, death knell ringing
across a summer sky while
the hot-wet-smell of blood
filled the breeze, floated away.

~ * ~

One hundred, two hundred, three
thousand, four thousand, more -- 
slaughtered into dark-gray silence,
quiet like the years
passing after them.
Two thousand years,
countless days, and
100-millions-girls later.

~ * ~
They come to the rock,
clear the way for sacrifice -- 
the blood, child blood, warm blood
splashes on the crawling roses.
The lines grow long, filled
with crying children
held tight to shoulder,
breast, face -- whispering,
"remember the honor, necessity.
You must die."

In this way we feed Molek
the blood of our children
for days-on-end, one-by-one.
Crying babies, death-knell ringing
across a summer sky while
we pretend its an illusion -- 
turn away, hide our eyes.

The rock still stands --
the growth of bushes,
and half-dead flowers
covering its north side; 
its south side chipped,
well-worn from use -- 

~July 2012

This poem was written for the 100-million-girls website.

Artwork Credit: Artwork by (c) Tirin, aka Tilde Carlsten. Please visit her blog (offering a variety of interesting topics and great artwork HERE.) Thanks and gratitude to Tirin for the use of this picture.


Wikipedia contributors. "Moloch." Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 11 Jul. 2012. Web. 21 Jul. 2012.

Molek - explanation from Wikipedia: 

As a god worshipped by the Phoenicians and Canaanites, Moloch had associations with a particular kind of propitiatory child sacrifice by parents. Moloch figures in the Book of Deuteronomy and in the Book of Leviticus as a form of idolatry (Leviticus 18:21: “And thou shalt not let any of thy seed pass through the fire to Moloch”). In the Hebrew Bible, Gehenna was initially where apostate Israelites and followers of various Baalim and Caananite gods, including Moloch, sacrificed their children by fire (2 Chr. 28:3, 33:6; Jer. 7:31, 19:2–6).

Moloch has been used figuratively in English literature from John Milton's Paradise Lost (1667) to Allen Ginsberg's Howl (1955), to refer to a person or thing demanding or requiring a very costly sacrifice.

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Girl Killers Video

Informational video about the life of a girl from birth onward. Focuses on those in the lower caste and the dowry issue as a reason for killing baby girls. We now know that the very wealthy started the practice, not the uneducated villagers. (Be sure to click on the box to the right at the bottom to make the video fit your screen.)

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Tragedy of the Commons-Part 2

Tragedy of the Commons-Part 2

Worldwide War on Baby Girls

The population composition of the entire human species is being distorted.  Some blame the
availability of inexpensive technology to conduct sex selected abortions. Nicholas Eberstadt,  
Henry Wendy Chair in Political Economy at the American Enterprise Institute writes,

The consequences of medically abetted mass feticide are far-reaching and manifestly adverse.  In populations with unnaturally skewed [male-female sex ratios,] the very fact that many thousands, in some cases, millions of prospective girls and young women have been deliberately eliminated simply because they would have been female establishes a new social reality that inescapably colors the whole realm of human relationships, redefining the role of women as the disfavored sex in nakedly utilitarian terms, and indeed signaling that their very existence is now conditional and contingent. Nicholas Eberstadt, “The Global War Against Baby Girls,” The New Atlantis, Number 33, Fall 2011, pp.3-18.

Sex-Selected Abortion is Just One Way to Kill a Girl

However, the focus on sex selected abortion is not entirely helpful.  Where sex selected abortion is outlawed or unavailable, baby girls are tortured in the most inhumane ways and left to die in gutters and ditches or smothered.  According to new data - an Indian girl between the ages of one and five years old is 75 percent more likely to die than an Indian boy, giving the country the worst gender differential in child mortality in the world

Female infanticide existed long before sonograms and sex-selected abortions.  Baby girls are fed to packs of canines while adults watch.  There are a multitude of ways to kill baby girls. They are drowned in a bucket of milk, fed salt, or buried alive in earthen pots. The latest trend in India is to dunk a newborn girl in a vat of cold water so that she will get sick.  Then the parents take her to the doctor who prescribes medicine.  The parents take the medicine home and throw it out.  So that when she dies a few weeks later, the doctor will determine the cause of death to be pneumonia.  Sometimes the infant is given a drop of alcohol to create diarrhea, which is another justified death that will not lead to murder charges.  Murdering newborns is illegal in most of the world so this provides cover for determined parents. "New Trends of Killing the Girl Child" Yahoo News,

Designer Boys

The Telegraph reports that Indian parents are even taking their little girls to surgeons and paying them to turn them into boys.  The surgeon will craft a penis and give the child hormones, customizing the child to fit the desires of the parents. The article claims that greed and a concern over status are driving this draconian trend. Telegraph, "Indians Pay Surgeons to Turn Girls Into Boys,"

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For Reference

For Reference

by Allyson Whipple

I. My thesaurus doesn’t have an entry for “genocide.”

Perhaps because some horrors are too strong for synonyms. Or perhaps because genocide
happens to other people, other nations, and Random House cares more about foreign book rights
than it does foreign people, so Americans don’t need more than one word for it. But remnants of
what might have been litter roads all over the world. Shells of potential, allowed little more than
a first breath, get slaughtered on sight, as though human life amounts to anything cheaper than

II. My dictionary pretends that American’s don’t have a role in this.

As though we don’t commit violence against nation upon nation, that we don’t murder each
other, that we’re not driving this nation to suicide. PETA screams that meat is murder, but
in some countries, daughters don’t get the care afforded to animals bound for slaughter. In
America, we don’t care about children only allowed to live for a moment. Who get bludgeoned
like prizefighters who can defend themselves. Who get frozen like leftovers that nobody wants to
eat. Who get ignored like raisins in the sun—to wither, to explode, the outcome doesn’t matter.

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Tragedy of the Commons-Part 1

Tragedy of the Commons

In half of the world today, fetuses, infants and toddler girls are being exterminated after birth merely because they are girls. The trend is increasing rapidly, radically altering male to female ratios worldwide with harrowing consequences. The United Nations Population Division and the U.S. Census Bureau’s International Programs Center, the two main organizations charged with tracking and projecting global population trends, have identified unnaturally high boy to girl sex ratios in over 50 countries and territories accounting for over 3.2 billion people, or nearly half of the world’s population.

The population composition of the entire human species is being distorted.  Some blame the
availability of inexpensive technology to conduct sex selected abortions. However, the focus on sex selected abortion is not entirely helpful.  Where sex selected abortion is outlawed or unavailable, baby girls are tortured in the most inhumane ways and left to die in gutters and ditches or smothered. Indian parents are even taking baby girls to doctors turn them into boys with a faux penis and hormones to maintain status. 

Rising Price of  a Good Woman

In China the “marriage squeeze” means that unlike in 2000 when 96 percent of all males married by their early 40’s to almost a quarter of all men projected to never marry by the year 2040, less than 30 years from now. Economists have surmised that a shortage of women should increase their value.  While this may be the case, we are seeing families sell their daughters to groups of men who pool their money and use her sexually and as a slave, then resell her.  Unfortunately, any increased value does not seem to trickle down to the woman. We can also speculate that a huge group of “excess males” in these populations with extreme child sex ratios would mean more crime, more trafficking, more prostitution, more war and so on.

Motivated mostly by greed and status,  a tragedy of the commons is underway, where individual decisions about what benefits one family may be exercised without regard for the degradation of life for all. This scope of this tragedy makes Hitler look good.  The UN estimates that over 100 million girls have been killed after birth in the last twenty years. 

It's Not Just an Asian Thing

The west struggles to understand why anyone would take such drastic measures to annihilate girl babies, though we have a history of son preference even in the west and the male to female sex ratios are skewed unnaturally even in America and the United Kingdom within certain populations. Some believe that the west has contributed to the problem because beginning in the 1960’s we focused on the overpopulation without concern for the ramifications.  We pressured countries to limit their births. The perverse result was that parents decided if they can only one or two children, they wanted boys to ensure wealth and status.

There is one bright spot in this female holocaust. South Korea has lowered their very high male to female birth ratios mostly due to a change in consciousness probably due to Christian influences. 
Since the west probably bears some responsibility for ushering in this gendercide, we need to be in the forefront creating solutions and ensuring that the human rights of baby girls are protected.

100 million girls have been silenced before they could even speak.  Who will speak up for them and hear their cries if not us? 

Watch for Part 2 of this series to come. 


Nicholas Eberstadt, “The Global War Against Baby Girls,” The New Atlantis, Number 33, Fall 2011, pp.3-18.

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Where have all our young girls gone?

Fascinating lecture, but it only addresses sex selected abortion, not the killing of another 100 Million Girls after birth. The numbers are harrowing! "Unless we act soon, the implications for crime, violence, and the perpetuation of the species itself could be potentially harrowing for us all. And Sen’s plaintive query – where have all our young girls gone? – will remain one of the most tragic, if unanswered, questions of this entire generation. -"
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