Article: “12 yr old girl tortured & filmed by students of NMIMS”


Bapu Deedwania and Yogesh Sadhwani, RR Patil jumps to save girl in NMIMS YouTube scandal, Mumbai Mirror, April 29, 2010.

12-year-old girl who was tortured and filmed by students of Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS) college. A week after the two management students were arrested by D N Nagar police for the incident and let out on bail, child rights activists have decided to take up the matter with the state home minister.

Article: “W(h)ither the girl child?”


Philip Umman, W(h)ither the girl child?, The Hindu, April 25, 2010.

Are things still the same for the girl child in India as they were in the 70s or 80s? Death from ‘accidental’ household burns was a common feature on Page 3 of newspapers those days. The girl child was the beast of burden — looking after younger siblings, working in other households, ignored when it came to education and behind the boys in getting nutrition. But things have changed.

Have they??

Article: “A reality: child abuse by burning”


DR. K. Mathangi Ramakrishnan, A reality: Child abuse by burning, The Hindu, April 25, 2010.

Is it a reality in India? Is the girl child a welcome guest in every household? It is not in several families. Take the story of baby Pushpa (not the original name) who was born to a young couple six years ago.

A close relative of the father paid substantial sums of money to the midwife, who usually gives baby bath to do away with the child if it was a girl. Delivery took place at midnight and the newborn girl baby was immersed up to the waist in boiling hot water during baby bath.