This is the price paid when we reject human exceptionalism and its necessary corollary, universal human equality–in this case between females and males. From the awful story in the Telegraph:
Thirty polythene bags stuffed with the remains of female foetuses and newly born babies have been found in a dry well near a private clinic in the east Indian state of Orissa, police said yesterday.
Police suspect that the remains were dumped in the well shortly after birth or abortion at the clinic in Nayagarh district, 55 miles southwest of the state capital, Bhubaneswar. The manager of the clinic has been arrested…
Despite laws banning sex determination tests, the killing of female foetuses is still common in India, where the preference for sons runs deep. Infanticide is also practised in some areas. The government has said that around 10 million girls have been killed by their parents–either before or immediately after birth–during the last 20 years. (My emphasis.)
I know the government is trying to stop this slaughter–but clearly not hard enough. And cultures change slowly. But there is no excuse whatsoever for this kind of carnage. Clearly, a crackdown is in order. Otherwise, the definition of genocide will have to be expanded to include mass extermination based on sex.