A deep-seated cultural preference for boys appears to be prevalent in Pakistan’s Karachi. According to local media reports and Dailymail, hundreds of dead bodies of newborns have been recovered from garbage piles across Pakistan in the last few months.
A report in The News International said, “From January 2017 to April 2018, Edhi foundation and Chhipa Welfare organisation have found 345 such new born babies dumped in garbage in Karachi only and 99 percent of them were girls.”
In one horrifying case, a four-day-old was found dead with her throat slit. Another newborn was left on the steps of a mosque only to be stoned to death when a cleric assumed it was an ‘illegitimate baby’, a charity reported.
“A few people found a baby at the doorstep of a mosque in Karachi and they handed the baby over to the prayer leader. The cleric decried that this is an ‘illegitimate baby’ and he should be stoned. Resultantly, the baby was stoned to death,” The News International quoted Anwar Kazmi, a senior manager at Edhi Foundation Karachi, as saying. He said girls born in this situation were being killed because of social stigma with boys more often protected by families.
He further informed that he tried to register a case against the cleric but no action was taken.
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