Sex-Selective Abortion in India: Gender, Society and New Reproductive Technologies

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Tulsi Patel
SAGE, 2007 - 432 pages
"No one can doubt the great importance of the subject that is addressed in this book ? namely, the decision by prospective parents to... abort [the fetus] if the outcome [of sex determination test] points to the birth of a baby girl.... The editor is to be commended greatly for making this volume possible, and the contributors are to be thanked for the insight that their writings contain. If there is any hope of influencing events so that the practice of female-specific abortion disappears, then it must be based on increased understanding of the kind that is provided for us here."?Tim Dyson, from the ForewordIs modern India going gender-awry, especially as society seems to turn against the female baby and fetus? This volume raises the emotive issue of millions of girls in India who fail to appear on the social scene, not figuratively, but in real demographic terms.The contributors to this volume, all distinguished demographers and/or social scientists, describe the political economy of sentiments and sexual mores that lead parents to kill unborn daughters. In doing so, they ably unravel the values, principles, and practices behind the depleting child sex ratio in India. The volume examines the ways in which reproductive technologies such as the ultrasound are misused at the family, community, and state levels. In this alarming scenario, it highlights both the participation and defiance of the various authorities dealing with reproduction, health services, and the problem of female feticide. Their engagement with the state is analyzed in the light of colonial policies, the law of adoption, health policies, family planning programs, and the Pre-natal Diagnostic Techniques(PNDT) Act of 1994 and its amendment in 2002.

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A good book written on the almost unspoken subject. I have yet to see a Bollywood movie on this subject. Million of missing girls from the Indian social scene, nobody says anything. I never heard about it in any election manifesto, even the the Hindu fundamentalist parties who believe in saving cows, who are still lamenting over Indians, killed my cruel Muslim rulers. It is True, India is a land of contradictions. This country called Mother India, has witnessed butchering of more than 60 million female foetuses, killed and thrown away in garbage. Thanks for writing a book on such a difficult subject, which nobody wants to read. Nobody even wants to acknowledge the fact that it exists in India. A very thoroughly researched material, which I imagine was not easy to get. I want to warn the readers, it is not an easy book to read. We Indians are so intoxicated by our self created sense of self righteousness, our tolerance and Our non violence, that we do not want to acknowledge the reality which is sad reminder of holocaust. There perperator was Hitler, In this case gender clensing is being done by foetuse's own parents. I fail to understand the notion of of people singing 'Bande Mataram' and this gender clensing, what a paradox. To stop more than 60 million beating hearts is worse than holocaust. Every Indian should read this book to see who we really are. A truly disturbing, heart wrenching book, I dare you to read. This books highlights the most blatant form of hypocracy on the face of the earth. If the so called, non violent people of India are doing this. I wonder how real is our democracy? Whar are we doind in the name of secularism? 


List of Abbreviations
Gender Relations NRTs
Missing Girls and NRTs Ethical
Can it be Attributed
A Civilisational Collapse
Meaning and Social Context of
Selected States of India
by Gender
The Role
Born to Live
Female Infanticide Property and the Colonial State
The Political Economy of Missing Girls in India
Female Foeticide Family Planning
Campaign Against Female Foeticide

Context of the Missing Girl Child

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Tulsi Patel is Professor of Sociology at the Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi, Delhi.

She has recently been Rotating Chair, India Studies at Heidelberg University, Germany for a full semester (200506). An Honorary Research Associate at the Department of Sociology, University of Manchester (200104), she has also undertaken teaching assignments at the London School of Economics and the Royal Holloway College of the University of London (199697). Professor Patel has previously taught at Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi and Miranda House (University of Delhi).

Her areas of interest include gender, anthropology of fertility and reproduction, medical sociology, sociology of the family, and old age. She has authored Fertility Behaviour: Population and Society in a Rajasthan Village (1994, 2nd edn 2006) and edited The Family in India: Structure and Practice (2005). In addition, she has published several articles in national and international journals.

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