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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]





  1. Jo Ann says:

    First China came out with its one child rule and the culture of the country said parents are supported by their sons in their old age. That resulted in girls being aborted, abandoned, and left to die. China is ashamed that it is the leading go to place for adoptions so that its abandoned girls can survive, even if that survival is in the West.
    Then we find out that India is aborting its girls because the culture decrees expensive dowries be paid to the man’s family upon marriage. People of education and wealth are aborting their girls so that they will not have to pay the dowry costs.
    Now we are finding out that even here in the U.S. women are aborting their babies if they are the wrong gender. We should be as ashamed as China that Congress wasn’t able to pass the recent legislation making gender specific abortions illegal.
    If women in this country really were interested in the rights of women, they would be working to save their “little sisters” in the womb. No, instead they are busy protecting their own rights to reproductive “choice.”
    Why isn’t anyone worried about two countries with 2 billion people total having millions of men unable to marry and have wives and families of their own in the next 10-20 years because they have aborted millions of girls? World War III anyone?

  2. monsignor tom molloy says:

    Not that it’s anywhere near the tragedy of “gendercide” in seriousness, but look at the customs of modern Chinese young men in school! Want to see your boys wearing lipstick and sashaying to school each day? Kill off all the girls!


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