Thursday, 13 March 2008
Fazal Sheikh: Ladli.
Ladli means 'beloved daughter'.
http://www.steidlville.com/books/509-Ladli.html - 'The stories told here will come as a shock to many: the abortion of thousands of healthy fetuses every year because of their gender, the murder at birth of baby girls, the abduction and rape of adolescents forced into prostitution, the exploitation of child labor, the physical abuse of domestic workers and, worst of all, the murder of young women whose dowries, or performance as wives, does not match their husbands’, or their husbands’ families’, expectations. Through a network of street-level activists, Sheikh builds up a picture of India that undermines its new role as a modern democracy. '