A new novel by a businesswoman and author from Bangladesh is highlighting the ongoing tragedy of female â€œgendercideâ€ in many Eastern cultures.
Female infanticide and sex-selection abortion constitute â€œdiscrimination against women in its cruelest form,â€ Rukhsana Hasib told CNA on June 6.
In her latest book, â€œShadows in the Sun,â€ 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 â€œdisappearâ€ every year.
Driven to take a stand, Hasib decided to write a novel based on the â€œtruth of female infanticide.â€
She hopes to help readers realize that â€œsuch atrocities against women â€“ who are the nucleus of the family â€“ still existâ€ and that women are â€œwilling participantsâ€ 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 â€œwomen are not valued.â€ They often face violence and discrimination, and are treated as inferior in a male-dominated culture.
â€œShadows in the Sunâ€ tells the fictitious story of â€œone poor motherâ€™s standâ€ to give her daughter a chance at a better life, she explained. [More]