Canadian, American Fight to Save India's Disappearing Daughters


Dowry, Gendercide Illegal -- But Persist

While she has received a lot of support from her local Indian-Canadian community, Sekhon said some older members have been cool to her efforts, telling her it's better "to keep things the way they are." The younger generation, like Sekhon, are "blown away" by gendercide. Sekhon, noting that she is the third daughter in her family, said she and other Indian women have a personal stake in the issue. "We've all dealt with the [gender] inequality in Indian culture. [The victims of gendercide] could be one of us."

Dowries were prohibited in 1961. And it's illegal to use ultrasound to learn a baby's sex and to abort a baby based on sex. The custom, and killing, continue regardless.

Gendercide's damage has expanded beyond mothers and girls. India's 2011 Census revealed that Indian men outnumber women by nearly 40 million, making some families buy trafficked brides for their sons.

Sekhon has never been to India and plans to go in the next few years, when her baby boy is a bit older. "I can't wait," she said. "I will volunteer at Unique Home and other [places like it]."

"Every girl deserves a chance at life," Sekhon said. "Cultural values need to change. We all come from someone's daughter."

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