When Attorney Jill McElya and her husband Dr. Brad McElya were living in India in 2009, they founded Invisible Girl Project, an organization “[that] raises global awareness concerning the loss of female lives in India, pursues justice for lives lost, and assists Indian organizations in the rescue of and care for vulnerable Indian girls.”
In the recent hearing on India’s Missing Girls before a House Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations, Jill was called on to provide testimony and was able to provide real life examples of what life is really like for part of the female population in India. Her stories make the listener wonder if such atrocities could really be happening in the world in which we currently live.
She told a story of a girl who was the twelfth daughter in her family, but the only one who was allowed to live. Her other eleven sisters were killed by her parents after they were born in hopes that later they would have a boy. In this village, there were eight boys for every one girl.