According to a U.N. report, an estimated 113 to 200
million women are missing from the world today,
which is to say that 1.3 to 3 million women and
girls 'disappear' from the earth annually from
gender-based and sexual violence. In India alone, more than 50 million of those 'missing' are due to female foeticide, the sex-selective abortion of female babies who are viewed as a burden to the male-dominated society. Although ultrasound scanning to determine the sex of a foetus has been
banned in India, it is being carried out illegally due to its huge demand and profitability. Read more
about India's female foeticide practice.