Missing Girls and Women in India

In 2011, police statistics found that nearly 35,000 children were officially reported missing across India, with most of the missing children being girls.

According to the United Nations, up to 50 million girls and women are missing throughout the country due to female feticide (the abortion of a fetus because it is female) and infanticide. The strong preference for males has created a shortage of females to be wives, leading to a rise in bride trafficking.

Source:¬† Natalia Antelava, “The Trafficking of Girls in India,” Public Radio International’s The World, January 9, 2013.