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Bangladeshi author decries female ‘gendercide’ in the East


Rukhsana Hasib

A new novel by a businesswoman and author from Bangladesh is highlighting the ongoing tragedy of female “gendercide” in many Eastern cultures.

Female infanticide and sex-selection abortion constitute “discrimination against women in its cruelest form,” Rukhsana Hasib told CNA on June 6.

In her latest book, “Shadows in the Sun,” Hasib deals with the serious problem of male preference, which is prominent in many parts of the world.

A first-generation American who works to promote human rights for women in the East, Hasib said she was shocked when she realized that female infanticide and sex-selection abortion are still happening regularly in Eastern cultures.

And the girls being killed are not just from poor and uneducated families, she noted, but they also come from people who have schooling and economic means.

Reports estimate that about 50,000 girls are aborted in India each month, and approximately one million girls in the country “disappear” every year.

Driven to take a stand, Hasib decided to write a novel based on the “truth of female infanticide.”

She hopes to help readers realize that “such atrocities against women – who are the nucleus of the family – still exist” and that women are “willing participants” in acts of violence against their own gender.

Originally from Bangladesh, Hasib graduated from Holy Cross College before moving to America, where she earned her MBA and has spent her adult life.

Hasib pointed out that in many Eastern cultures “women are not valued.” They often face violence and discrimination, and are treated as inferior in a male-dominated culture.

“Shadows in the Sun” tells the fictitious story of “one poor mother’s stand” to give her daughter a chance at a better life, she explained. [More]





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