“India’s Missing Girls” was the title of an open hearing of the House Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations, held Tuesday by Congressman Chris Smith (NJ-04), Chairman of the House congressional panel that oversees global health and human rights.
“By shining a light on what is happening in India with its missing girls, we hope to move toward a world where every woman is valued and respected because of her intrinsic dignity, and where every child is welcomed regardless of his or her sex,” said Smith. “Sex-selective abortion and female infanticide have led to lopsided sex ratios. In parts of India, for example, 126 boys are born for every 100 girls. This in turn leads to a shortage of marriageable women, which then leads to trafficking in persons, bride selling and prostitution.” Click here to read Congressman Smith’s opening statement.