My feed

to access all these features

Feminism: Sex & gender discussions

Domestic violence and female infant and child deaths in India

4 replies

Indelible · 12/01/2011 19:13

Cut and pasted from here:

Violence against mothers linked to 1.8 million female infant and child deaths in India

Boston, MA ? The deaths of 1.8 million female infants and children in India over the past 20 years are related to domestic violence against their mothers, according to a new study led by researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH). In their examination of over 158,000 births occurring between 1985 and 2005, the researchers found that husbands? violence against wives increased the risk of death among female children, but not male children, in both the first year and the first five years of life.

?Being born a girl into a family in India in which your mother is abused makes it significantly less likely that you will survive early childhood. Shockingly, this violence does not pose a threat to your life if you are lucky enough to be born a boy,? said lead author Jay Silverman, associate professor of society, human development, and health at HSPH.

The authors attribute this disparity to lower investment in girl children in such areas as nutrition, immunization and care for major causes of infant and child death (e.g., diarrhea and respiratory infections). This neglect of girl infants and children is likely to be most pronounced in families in which the status of women is the lowest, that is, in those families in which women are physically abused by their husbands. Based on the study findings, they urge that violence against women be considered a critical priority within programs and policies to improve child survival, particularly those working to increase the survival of girls.

The article appeared online January 4, 2011 in the journal Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, and will appear in the January print edition.


OP posts:
ISNT · 12/01/2011 20:34

Don't know what to say. That's awful.

Indelible · 13/01/2011 09:12

I know, that's what I felt on reading it.

OP posts:
dittany · 13/01/2011 19:01

This reply has been deleted

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

sethstarkaddersmackerel · 13/01/2011 19:42

how horrible.

Please create an account

To comment on this thread you need to create a Mumsnet account.