Friday, March 12, 2010

“We need to create a global movement to bring the world’s attention to this horrific situation.”

The first "Walk for India's Missing Girls" took place last weekend. Below are excerpts from a New American Media article covering the event:

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – Nearly one hundred people marched from this city’s fabled Golden Gate Park to the Indian Consulate on Mar. 6, ahead of International Women’s Day, to highlight the issue of female infanticide in India.

Similar rallies, titled “The Walk for India’s Missing Girls,” were held in India on the same day in the cities of Mumbai, Delhi, Jamshedpur and Pondi. The walk was also held in Kuwait and Australia...

(Here's an article about the Calcutta march.)

Nyna Pais-Caputi, a San Francisco Bay Area resident who spearheaded the walk in various cities, primarily through online social networking sites, told India-West that throughout the world, 2,500 women marched together on Mar. 6.

“My goal is to eventually have every city in India participate in this walk until India decides to start enforcing its laws,” said Pais-Caputi. “We need to create a global movement to bring the world’s attention to this horrific situation.”

Here are some photos from the San Francisco "March for India's Missing Girls,"
courtesy of Kelly Connelly:

The March began by the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park.

That's the March's organizer, filmmaker Nyna Pais-Caputi, at left.

Women stand with their sisters in India.

Men, too. Michael Marcheschi with the Reverend Walter Hoye.

The March proceeded to the Indian Embassy on Arguello Boulevard.

For more information, visit Petals in the Dust or the "Walk for India's Missing Girls" Facebook page.

1 comment:

quiddity2001 said...

Unfortunately many of the women in India that fight for this cause still believe in the radical women's agenda including family planning and the one to two kid family size. They are upset that families prefer male babies to females. The village women practice after birth infanticide as the poor woman's approach while the wealthier women use technology to determine the sex of the baby before birth. An interesting book on the subject is Disappearing Daughters: The Tragedy of Female Foeticide by Gita Aravamudan.