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Orphans in Kadapa, India
India's Missing Girls was broadcast in the UK on Monday 22 October 2007 at 1900 BST on BBC Two.

The comments published here reflect the balance of views we have received.


Hi Sandhiya, Well done and keep it up. I think you are doing a wonderful job. I watched the programme and was touched, can't believe how low humans can fall. Thanks to BBC This World as well for going all the way to India, hope to see more improving programmes regarding this issue.
Mrs Suleman, Bradford

Isn't it sad and ironic that usually it is the husband and his family that forces the abortion of a female foetus, and it is the male sperm which determines to sex of each baby. The ticking time-bomb in India is already beginning to explode as was mentioned in the article; the shortage of females means a shortage of brides.

Each human life is precious. On a planet which is already reaching maximum capacity and especially in India where the population climbs towards one and a half billion, it might be better to accept joyfully one or two children of either sex and then consider the family complete. Instead, from poor to rich there is the ongoing pressure to produce male offspring. Good luck to our planet.
K.L. Call, The Netherlands

My personal experience of being the third girl born to my parents, who were disappointed that I was not a boy, and as I only weighed about 4.4 pounds, my parents did not see it necessary for me to be kept in the incubator but decided to sign me out and let fate decide if I lived or died. When they tell me this story I do feel a bit shocked, but in some strange way I don't blame them but blame the culture, tradition and the people who make parents feel they have failed in not producing a boy.

What I do remember is when my brother showed up a few years later, his birthdays would be celebrated, and I don't remember any of the girls birthdays being celebrated. But in all fairness, I was and am loved by my parents who now realise girls are there for their parents rather than boys. But this boy preference and dowry is going to be a hard one to break...
Rani , Essex

Thank you BBC for showing what is really happening in India and well done to Sandhiya who is a extraordinary human being.
Malika Benai, Athlone Ireland

I feel fortunate to have loving parents but being born and brought up in a middle class family in north India I can see why these people are so much against having a daughter. I feel it will take a few generations to achieve gender equality in India. We desperately need strict measures against the dowry system so that at least money is no longer an excuse for these killings. We also need change in the structure of marriage, where a working woman has equal rights to support her parents as her husband. That way daughters will be equally desirable and will no longer be seen as a burden.
Neeta, UK

This programme was a learning experience for me. I commend Sandhiya in all her work and needs to be recognised globally for her commitment. I agree the dowry tradition will be hard to break but even if those who are wealthy are prepared to abort then this country needs to address and monitor the removal of dowry and bring a rapidly expanding country forward in traditions.
Jackie Crow, Cambridge

I thought this was a really outstanding programme - so sensitively filmed. It also gave a rare insight into both sides of the question; hearing the views of the families who were wanting to abort girl babies enabled an empathetic understanding of why this takes place, which is so unusual to hear. Thank you so much for making it.
Sam Woodhouse, Wells

A heart breaking documentary. The ending did give some hope for the future.
James, London




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