Monday, February 15, 2010

"Walk for India's Missing Girls"

Mark your calendars. It's March 6 in San Francisco.

"A march protesting female infanticide and foeticide in India will take place on Saturday, March 6 in San Francisco. Organized by Bay Area resident Nyna Pais Caputi, the march hopes to raise awareness of the human rights violations against millions of baby girls in India.

In the last century over 50 million girls have been eliminated from India's population. 10 million girls have been killed by their parents either before or soon after birth in India over the past two decades, resulting in an imbalance in the gender ratio -- 927 girls per 1,000 boys. In some regions it is as low as 500 girls per 1000 boys. This has led to an increase in trafficking, sexual abuse and violence against women.

Ms. Caputi, a Bay Area filmmaker, realized the gravity of the situation when she decided to adopt a child from India. She wanted to adopt a girl. “I was told I would have at least a two- to three-year wait for a baby girl. I was surprised to learn that there were long waiting lists of families wanting to adopt girls from India,” she said. “Then the orphanage that I visited in India pointed a lake out to me in the vicinity where baby girls used to be drowned by their parents.”

The "Walk for India's Missing Girls" will begin at 11:00 AM in front of the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park, and will end at the Indian Embassy at 540 Arguello Boulevard

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