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Nyna: My husband and I wanted to adopt a baby girl from India a couple of years ago. I was under the impression that it would be an easy process, because I thought there were lots of girls available for adoption in India. At one of the orphanages we visited in India, there was a lake in the vicinity, and the supervisor mentioned that before the orphanage was built, baby girls were often drowned in this lake. The orphanage now provides parents with an opportunity to drop their unwanted children off.
I was saddened to hear about this and when I did some research was shocked to find several reports by the UN, that over 7000 girls are being eliminated in India daily.
My husband and I both have film-making backgrounds, so we decided that this is our mission, to create awareness of this issue, and hopefully, find solutions and bring about change through the powerful medium of film.
Nyna: Overall, there is a centuries old culture of the male child being regarded as superior. Among the poor in India today, lack of education, economic reasons, such as inability to provide dowry, and limited access to social and health services, such as orphanages for unwanted children and adequate adoption agencies, drive the practice. Among the affluent who can afford children, and have access to modern technology, it is practiced because of what has been ingrained by cultural norms, where the male child is looked upon as a status symbol.
Vibha: What impact is female gendercide and the skewed female to male ratio having on the most affected areas in India?
Nyna: We are now in the process of actively garnering support and trying to raise funds to complete the film, which is in the pre-production state. Fundraising is really the hardest part of making this film and we hope more people and organizations will come forward to support this film. Apart from various fund raisers, last year the Petals in the Dust team founded the annual Global Walk for India’s Missing Girls to create global awareness of this issue.
The purpose of the film is to create awareness, in India and on a larger, global scale. In this day and age of social media, by educating people about this issue, I am hoping that it will lead to change on a bigger scale than I alone can bring about.
You can donate to Petals in the Dust here: http://www.petalsinthedust.com/Donate2.html
To learn more about Nyna and her film, Petals in the Dust: India’s Missing Girls, visit: www.petalsinthedust.com or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information on The Global Walk for India’s missing Girls, visit: http://www.petalsinthedust.com/The_Walk2.html