Indian filmmaker says sex-selective abortion not just a rural problem

Meenu Hooda plays Kajarya, believed to embody Goddess Kali. (screenshot courtesy Starfire Movies/YouTube)

Indian filmmaker Madhureeta Anand, whose latest work focuses on the issue of sex-selective abortion, says that female infanticide is not just a rural problem but also an urban one, naming Delhi and Mumbai as cities in which female birth ratios are dropping dramatically. Anand has been working with NGOs such as One Billion Rising to host special screenings of her film, Kajarya, in villages across North India to raise awareness and “use the film as a tool for emancipation and social change.”

The plot revolves around the story of a rookie journalist in Delhi (Ridhima Sud) who exposes a woman, Kajarya (Meenu Hooda) believed to embody Goddess Kali, who ritually kills female newborns in a village nearby.


Ridhima Sud plays a rookie journalist in Kajarya. (Courtesy Starfire Movies/YouTube)

Anand found it encouraging that many rural women she spoke with didn’t deny that female infanticide is a problem, an admission which hints at the issue’s pervasiveness, but also indicates growing recognition of the need for change. Sex-selective abortion is increasingly spoken out against in Indian media, and Anand hopes that greater public awareness can help reduce its prevalence. Kajarya premiered at the Dubai International Film Festival in 2013, and will be released to Indian audiences on December 4.

Read the full story at The Indian Express.

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