Baby survives being buried alive

I found this story today in the BBC News and it broke my heart. Although this is not directly related to CSET it is a foundational factor. You can see that the stress of having many daughters and not feeling as though you can afford them (particularly if you don't have any sons) will drive you to desperate things.
This grandfather did the unthinkable - but many times it is allowing the girls to grow up and then selling their bodies into the sex industry.


[5 July 2007]

A two-day-old baby girl in India has survived after being buried alive in a field by her maternal grandfather in the south of the country.

The baby, who had apparently never been fed, was discovered by a farmer near a village some 150km south of Hyderabad.

He said he only spotted her because her tiny hand was sticking out of the soil.

Police say they have arrested the baby's grandfather, 52-year-old Abdul Rahman, after he confessed to trying to kill the newborn by burying her alive.

"I am yet to marry off four daughters and cannot take responsibility for a fifth one, even when she is only a granddaughter," Mr Rahman was quoted as telling police.

It was not immediately clear whether Mr Rahman's daughter, the mother of the baby, had given her consent for her child to be taken away.

The baby, who has not yet been named and weighs just 1.7kg, is being treated in a nearby hospital.

The practice of female foeticide and female infanticide does occur in some rural areas.

A girl child is often viewed as inferior to a boy and a bride's dowry can also cripple a family financially.

Government figures suggest that around 10 million girls have been killed by their parents - either in the womb or immediately after birth - over the past two decades.



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Dave and Betsy are: said...

This story breaks my heart. The grandfather feeling the pressure of his society did the unthinkable. But, if this girl lives, what is so sad is that she will carry with her the shame of not being wanted, as so many women in many cultures do. Even though a systemic problem, ultimately girls in these cultural situations are taking the brunt (scapegoats) of the pressures society puts on families, esp. poorer families.


harris said...

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John Page said...

wow. that is a tragic story. Having been to India, though, it, sadly, doesn't surprise me. I feel so sorry for that little girl - rejected from birth. May God enter into her life so she knows the Father's love.