An Indian proverb says raising a daughter is like watering your neighbour’s garden and the burden of having girls means many are killed at birth. We follow the difficult lives of those who survive the practice.
A film by Marion Mayer-Hohdahl for ORF
Twenty seven percent of Indians live below the poverty line and as a women, this economic status brings a life of enmity. A bride’s parents must provide a dowry which often bankrupts the family. As a result female infanticide is a widespread tradition: “We accept the first girl, the second should be killed, then the third will be a son.” But now the women are fighting back by forming self-help groups which offer a range of programmes from skills training, to saving and loan schemes. It’s all in the hope that through giving women a more constructive role in society more girls will be saved.