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.”
Ms. Caputi has partnered with social justice organizations Fight-Back, CAPF (campaign against pre-birth elimination of females), Breakthrough, the Pink Pagoda, and other Indian women’s groups to organize walks for missing girls in the cities of Delhi, Mumbai, Pondicherry, Kuwait, Dublin, San Francisco, Melbourne and Ontario on March 6. All marchers across the world will wear black ribbons in memory of the baby girls that have been killed.
Dr. James Garrow, 2009 Nobel Peace Prize nominee and the founder of Pink Pagoda, is organizing the Walk for India's Missing Girls in Ontario.The South Asian Behavioral Health and Training Foundation, founded by clinical psychologist Dr. Harmesh Kumar, is the San Francisco walk’s main sponsor.
The San Francisco walk will start at 11 a.m. in front of the Conservatory of Flowers in the Golden Gate Park and end at the Indian Embassy, 540 Arguello Blvd.
Ms. Caputi is working on a documentary film about female foeticide and infanticide in India called Petals in the Dust: India's Missing Girls. She hopes the walk and film will spur the International and Indian communities into taking action to end this genocide.
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