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30 Bags of Baby Body Parts Found in Eastern India May be Products of Illegal "Female Foeticide"

July 24

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By Hilary White

NAYAGARH, India, July 24, 2007 ( - The BBC reports that police have found 30 bags full of baby body parts outside an abortion facility in the eastern Indian state of Orissa. Local forensic experts suggest the remains are the product of illegal sex-selective abortions.

The owners of the abortion facility have been taken into custody. Police have said there is no way of knowing how many bodies were found in the bags recovered from a waste dump near the town of Nayagarh.

Abortion, sonograms and the traditional cultural preference for boys have combined to cause a lopsided sex demographic in India that has left the country facing a massive demographic crisis.

With the population shifting towards the abortion-generated gender imbalance of 927 females born for every 1,000 males, the country is beginning to experience the social ills associated with sex-selective abortion.

Trafficking of women in India has become common in the Northern region of Haryana, where there are about 861 women for every 1,000 men due to sex-selection. Trafficking in women is a problem also experienced in China where a similar gender imbalance was created by the communist one-child policy.

While sex-selective abortions and the use of sonograms to detect the sex of a child are technically illegal, enforcement has proved difficult. A case last year in which an abortionist and his assistant were sentenced to two years in prison and fined Rs 5000 by the court in Palwal, Haryana, was the first time an abortionist was sentenced under the law since it was passed in 1994.

Read related coverage:

Indian "Genocide" of Girls by Abortion Exposed in New Book "Disappearing Daughters"

Abortion Doctor in India Jailed Under Female Foeticide Law

Trafficking of Women Rampant In Northern India: 8 Women for Every 10 Men

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