Unborn girls are killed through sex-selective abortions. Every sixth
death of a female infant in India, Bangladesh and Pakistan is due to
neglect and discrimination.
Many girls and
women endure daily beatings, harassment for dowry, verbal abuse and
acid attacks for refusing to comply with male demands.
Other women become targets of extreme forms of violence like incest,
rape, public humiliation, trafficking, ‘honour’ killing and dowry
The incidence of domestic violence in this region is among the highest
in the world and women are most vulnerable in homes, a place where they
should be the safest.
All these practices seriously threaten women's lives, rights and
ability to participate in all spheres of life.
As a result of such severe neglect and violence, there are 50 million
fewer women in South Asia today than there should be.
In the largely prevailing ‘culture of silence and acceptance’, there is
no recognition of violence against women as a grave human right’s
violation. What is worrying is the rise of the crisis in scale and