50 million girls have been eliminated from India's population in the last century.
10 million girls have been killed by their parents, either before or immediately after birth in the last two decades.
The 2011 census reveals that the ratio of women to men is the lowest since India's independence in 1947. 914 girls to a1000 boys and in some parts of North India it is as low as 750 women to a 1,000 men.
The district of Daman in Daman and Diu in the Western part of India has the
sex ratio of 591 women to a 1000 men.
Petals in the Dust: India's Missing Girls, will explore the reasons behind this
"gendercide", it's origin, growth and consequences.
It is the intention of the film to serve as a voice for the women of India,
calling attention to female infanticide and foeticide, practices that have lead
to the biggest genocide in India’s history. The U.N. has warned that these
acts if left unabated, would lead to an increase in trafficking, sexual abuse
and violence towards women.
It is also the intention of the film to create an awareness both in India and
globally and bring people together to help protect and empower India's girl children and the women who face atrocities because of the skewed sex ratio.
Currently Petals in the Dust: India's Missing Girls is in post-production and we
are raising funds to complete it.