Posts Tagged India

Sex-selective abortions on the rise in India

According to new study published this week in the medical journal The Lancet, the number of sex-selective abortions being performed in India has been rising and continues to rise. The researchers estimate that between 4 million and 12 million sex-selective abortions have been performed in India in the last three decades. And in the past decade, the study found, the problem has worsened.

Despite legal restrictions making it illegal to use ultrasounds to determine the sex of a fetus, the practice has continued; it seems that these laws are rarely enforced and that private medical practices are largely unregulated. The result is that there are now 914 girls for every 1000 boys under the age of six. In 1961, the ratio ...

According to new study published this week in the medical journal The Lancet, the number of sex-selective abortions being performed in India has been rising and continues to rise. The researchers estimate that between 4 million and ...

Indian rape victims undergo “finger test”

Trigger warning

As Broadsheet contends, it is as awful as it sounds:

A Human Rights Watch report explains that the archaic test “involves a doctor inserting fingers in a rape victim’s vagina to determine the presence or absence of the hymen and the so-called ‘laxity’ of the vagina.” Hospitals have medical examination forms with “columns that are either marked ‘per vaginum digital examination,’ or ‘fingers admitted,’ or state their finding against a column that asks whether the vagina is ‘narrow/ roomy,'” according to the report. It’s all done in an attempt to “assess whether unmarried girls and women are ‘habituated to sexual intercourse,'” and then, in a familiar scenario worldwide, ...

Trigger warning

As Broadsheet contends, it is as awful as it sounds:

A Human Rights Watch report explains that the archaic test “involves a doctor inserting fingers in a rape victim’s vagina to determine ...

Public shaming incident under investigation in India

A woman in India was allegedly forced to walk naked for six miles through three villages because she had engaged in an “illicit love affair.” As if that on its own isn’t horrifying enough, the incident was caught on a cell phone camera.

via BBC.

Critics say that it was only after mobile phone clips of the woman went into wide circulation that the police swung into action.

Six of the men who allegedly molested her have been arrested.

The West Bengal Human Rights Commission (WBHRC) has also asked the district police for a report into the incident within a month.

“If we are not satisfied with this report, we will do our own investigation and submit recommendations to the government,” WBHRC chairman ...

A woman in India was allegedly forced to walk naked for six miles through three villages because she had engaged in an “illicit love affair.” As if that on its own isn’t horrifying enough, the incident was ...

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