The birth of a girl, so goes a popular Hindu saying, is akin to the arrival of Lakshmi — the four-armed goddess of wealth, often depicted holding lotus flowers and an overflowing pot of gold.
That should assure pride of place for women in Indian society, especially now the country is growing both in global influence and affluence.
In reality, India’s women are discriminated against, abused and even killed on a scale unparalleled in the top 19 economies of the world, according to a poll by the Thomson Reuters Foundation.
The survey, polling 370 gender specialists, found Canada to be the best place to be a woman among G20 nations, excluding the European Union economic grouping. Saudi Arabia was the second worst, after India.
“It’s a miracle a woman survives in India. Even before she is born, she is at risk of being aborted due to our obsession for sons,”...
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