Tuesday, August 19, 2008

India: no country for young girls...

What would you do if your husband's family did not want you to have daughters - and insisted you took steps to make sure it did not happen? 

Would you walk out or would you stay on and take a chance? 

What if the bias against girls is reflected across society? Would that mean you could not make it on your own? 

Vaijanti is an Indian woman who says she faces this dilemma. 

She lives in the city of Agra, home to the Taj Mahal, perhaps the world's most famous monument to a woman, the wife of a Mughal emperor. 

"I had a lot of dreams in my heart," Vaijanti says, "just like in the movies... but now I think of love as a betrayal." 

Vaijanti has taken her husband to court, saying he and his family insisted that she have an abortion because a scan showed she was expecting a girl. 

Having already had one daughter, she says the pressure to abort the second child was intense. 

So Vaijanti moved out of the marital home and now lives apart from her husband - with her two girls. More...

See also:

No comments:

Post a Comment