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January 18, 2011

Infanticide in the decadent South

Filed under: Culture,data,Infanticide — Razib Khan @ 9:46 am

One thing that often annoys me is the attitude by those from more “traditional” cultures that the West is “decadent” and “immoral.” That’s because quite often there’s a lot of “dirty laundry” in these “traditional” societies, where open discussion of “immoral” practices is frowned upon, producing the illusion that moral probity reigns.

Killings of newborn babies on the rise in Pakistan:

The lifeless bodies of two tiny babies are being given their final bath before burial in Karachi, after they were left to die in the southern Pakistani city’s garbage dumps.

Kazmi recounts the discovery of the burnt body of a six-day-old infant who had been strangled. Another child was found on the steps of a mosque having been stoned to death on the orders of an extremist imam who has since disappeared, he says.

The death toll is far worse among girls, says manager Kazmi, with nine out of ten dead babies the charity finds being female.

“The number of infanticides of girls has substantially increased,” Kazmi says, a rise attributed to increased poverty across the country.

Girls are seen by many Pakistanis as a greater economic burden as most women are not permitted to work and are considered to be the financial responsibilty of their fathers, and later their husbands.

A Pakistani family can be forced to raise more than one million rupees (11,700 dollars) to marry their daughter off.

Below is a sex ratio map of India….


(tip Talk Islam)

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