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India’s Killing Fields: A Culture of Gendercide

Article written and submitted by Sunil Patel

There is a common proverb that stems from the Holy Vedas – the tenets that laid the foundation for Hinduism – which beautifully informs us that the Stri (Woman) is deserving of all our adulation, adoration and reverence as she brings to the world not just her warmth and comfort, but  success, prosperity, peace, love and joy. She is our Laxmi, the Goddess of Wealth – in the material and spiritual sense. This was how women were treated during India’s Golden Age: The Vedic Age. In India today, behind the Westernised supermarkets, the call centres, the hustle and bustle on the streets of Mumbai, the vibrant streets of Delhi, the vegetable vendor and the man selling Bhel Puris in the early hours of the night, a little baby girl and an unborn baby girl, are becoming just another statistic in India’s hidden culture of Gendercide.

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Abby One Billion Rising | Pictures

Nearly 200 people attended the One Billion Rising event in Jubilee Park as part of a worldwide movement to end violence against women and girls locally and globally. Organizations that took part included the GirlKind Foundation, the Women's Resource Society of the Fraser Valley, Abbotsford Community Services, the University of the Fraser Valley, the Fraser Valley Human Dignity Coalition and 5 and 2 Ministries Abbotsford. Speakers also addressed the topics of gendercide, the trafficking of youth, and child sexual abuse images. Event was organized by Jean Webb.

To see more pics please visit us on facebook at Abbotsford One Billion Rising.

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