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11 Jul, 2015

Female foeticide, India’s ‘ticking bomb’ – Al Jazeera English

Bibipur, India – The jubilant young man’s arrival brought an abrupt halt to the card game contested by the turbaned group sitting under the tree. He thought he had good news for them: “I’ve been blessed with a baby girl!” he announced proudly. The response was not what he expected – the group’s shock quickly turned to ridicule.

“Why didn’t you get her killed in the womb?” came the collective cry. “Did you not get a gender determination test done on the foetus?”

Such a test is illegal in India, but this reaction – discovered during an undercover investigation by Al Jazeera in the village of Bibipur – is a reflection of prevailing male-chauvinistic attitudes in the country.

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