No country for young girls?

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  • Twenty-seven year old Vyjanthi lives in the Indian city of Agra, in the shadow of the Taj Mahal built in honor of a beautiful woman. Already mother to one three year old girl, when she became pregnant again her husband and in-laws forced her to have a scan to determine the sex of the fetus. Told she was carrying a girl, they tried to pressure her to have an abortion, and after a major argument she fled to her parents' home. But she felt bad, went back to her husband, got pregnant again, and the same thing happened all over again. Now she's living with her parents, with two young daughters--and undecided whether she can make it on her own, or will have to go back to her husband again. Sex-selective abortion is illegal in India, but so widespread that there are many more boys than girls, especially in India's more prosperous states. Vyjanthi wants to know if things are really as bad for girls in the rest of India as in her own neighborhood. Isn't India now one of the world's booming economies, thanks to its embrace of globalization? Life takes Vyjanthi on a journey through India, and films as she makes a disturbing discovery.


  • Title from title frames.
  • Originally produced by: TVE, ©2008.
  • Narration in English. Dialogue in English, Tamil with English voice-overs.
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