India’s Female Annhilation is A Genocide Under the 1948 U.N. Charter

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Violence on women is a universal occurrence. However, it is the standpoint of this campaign that the violence inflicted on women in India is unique – in that it aims to intentionally target and eliminate girls and women from the population.

This violent, massive and targeted elimination is a genocide for 4 irrefutable reasons:

  1. Because it aims to eliminate.
  2. Because of its unprecedented scale.
  3. Because it targets a specific group — namely females.
  4. Because it meets the definition of genocide under the 1948 U.N. Charter on the Prevention of Genocide.
  • More than 50 million women have been systematically eliminated from India in about 3 generations.
  • There are more than 25000 dowry related murders of young women every year, and the thousands who don’t succumb to attempts to burn, hang or poison them, live crippled for the rest of their lives.
  • Thousands of infant girls are routinely killed after birth by various methods — doodh peeti (drowning the baby in a bucket of milk), strangling, burying in pots, or feeding them husks of grain with honey.
  • The mortality rate for girls under 5 is 40% higher than that for boys the same age and these girls are dying of starvation and deliberate neglect. They are being allowed to die. These are murders with malice aforethought .
  • One pregnant woman dies every 5 minutes because women are forced to undergo repeated pregnancies and abortions, and often subject to cheap and unsafe methods of abortion (to save cost) — which again is involuntary man-slaughter and criminal negligence .
  • More so, despite existing laws a large section of the medical fraternity colludes with families to systematically eliminate about a million female fetuses and/or prevent their birth through sex-selected abortions, and other technologies, eg. GenSelect which prevents the conception of girls by filtering out sperm with X chromosomes.

Hence this is genocide in accordance with the definition of genocide under Article II in the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide as adopted by Resolution 260 (III) A of the United Nations General Assembly on 9 December 1948. The Article defines genocide as follows:

(a) Killing members of the group;

(b) Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group;

(c) Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part;

(d) Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group;

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