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    Girls are often seen as a burden by their families, particularly in poor rural areas

    More than 200 Indian girls whose names mean "unwanted" in Marathi have been given a fresh start at a mass renaming ceremony in Maharashtra state.
    They had been called Nakusha by parents who would have preferred sons.
    Hundreds of people committed to fighting gender discrimination attended the ceremony in rural Satara district.
    Statistics show a continuing preference for boys in India. The gender imbalance has widened every decade since independence in 1947.
    According to the 2011 census, there were 914 girls for every 1,000 boys under the age of six, compared with 927 for every 1,000 boys in the 2001 census.

    Female foeticide remains common in India, although sex-selective abortion based on ultrasound scans is illegal. Sons are still seen by many as wage-earners for the future.
    'Very tough'
    Satara, where the ceremony took place, has one of the country's lowest female populations, with 880 females to every 1,000 males, says the BBC's Zubair Ahmed.
    The local government said it wanted to combat negative attitudes towards girls, who are often seen as a burden by their families because of the dowry that has to be paid when they marry
    The 285 girls at the ceremony ranged in age from one to 20. One 15-year-old chose the new name "Ashmita," meaning "very tough" in Hindi.
    A 16-year-old, the youngest of six sisters, said she had chosen her new name with the help of a school friend.
    "It'll take time for people to get used to my new name."
    "I know people will still call me Nakusha. I want to give them happiness by saying my new name is Kiran."

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    That is just sad they were ever given such a horrid name. Good for them.
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    Is it easy to adopt an Indian baby?
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    Good luck to these girls!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Honey View Post
    Satara, where the ceremony took place, has one of the country's lowest female populations, with 880 females to every 1,000 males, says the BBC's Zubair Ahmed.
    I keep wondering when this problem with male-female ratios is going to come crashing down on them. These males are going to, statistically, grow up and want to marry a female. Except there won't be a female for MANY of them. I wonder what will happen after that...

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    Quote Originally Posted by MohandasKGanja View Post
    I keep wondering when this problem with male-female ratios is going to come crashing down on them. These males are going to, statistically, grow up and want to marry a female. Except there won't be a female for MANY of them. I wonder what will happen after that...
    It wont be good I heard that there was cases of Bride kidnapping in neighbouring China and they are facing a similar issue. My hope is that when something like this hits this may be a kick in the teeth to those who place high value with boys.

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    The 'solution' in some rural areas is for the wife of whichever brother has married to take care - in every way - the needs of her husband's unmarried brothers.

    'Wife-sharing' among brothers haunts Indian villages as number of girls decline | Mail Online
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    what crappy parents

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    Fucking callous. I hope they got to pick names like "my parents are assholes" and "may you never have a son and die destitute and alone."

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