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Born to Bondage: Women in India


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Grade Level: SrH-Adult
Producer: Filmakers Library
Closed Captioned:
Running Time: 40 mins
Country of Origin: United States
Study Guide: No

Copyright Date: 1999
Available in French: No

Despite a decade of feminism, the lot of Indian women at the brink of the 21st century is painfully hard. Widespread poverty means families need to send their children to the workplace, especially the girls. Surviving past birth is a challenge for girl babies in much of rural India, where families cannot bear the cost of a dowry. Although it is illegal to tell the mother the gender of a fetus, one Bombay clinic performed 8000 abortions, of which all but one were female. Female deaths are not limited to fetuses. Wives are killed, even burned alive, in disputes over dowries.

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