Brit Indian women going back to India to abort unwanted foemale fetusesDecember 3rd, 2007 - 3:48 pm ICT by admin
London, Dec.3 (ANI): The pressure to give birth to sons is causing some pregnant Indian-born women living in Britain to return to India to abort their unwanted daughters, an investigation has found.
It reveals how selective sex abortion, a practice outlawed in India in the 1980s, is still widespread and being used by some women living in England and Wales.
Between 1990 and 2005 almost 1,500 fewer girls were born to Indian mothers in England and Wales than would have been expected for that group, researchers say.
This represents one in ten girls missing from the birth statistics for Indian-born women having their third or fourth child.
The findings will be revealed in a special radio programme to be broadcast on the BBCs Asian Network digital radio station this evening.
The programme also sent an undercover pregnant British-Indian woman to several top doctors in Delhi for a scan three doctors agreed to it in the full knowledge that the woman would abort the child if it was a girl and that such scans are banned in India.
Sylvie Dubuc, a population expert at Oxford University, said there is a shortfall of girls born to Indian women compared with what would be expected.
Although women are guaranteed equality under Indian law, there remains a range of religious and cultural practices that relegate their status. The abuse of the dowry tradition for the brides family to make substantial payments to the groom has been cited as one of the main reasons for sex-selective abortions.
We are aware that it does go on in India. We are surprised and shocked that its possibly happening in women who are living in this country of Indian origin. We think this is very unfortunate in this day and age its frankly shocking, The Times quoted Ramesh Mehta, the president of the British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin, as saying. (ANI)
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