Despite rapid growth, India lets its girls die (AP) – 1341th Edition

In this photo taken Wednesday, April 13, 2011, one year and 9-month-old Sania cries as she is weighed only 5 kilograms (11 pounds) on a scale after eating a meal at a ward for malnourished children at a government hospital in Morena in the Central Indian State of Madhya Pradesh. The starving girls point to a painful reality revealed in India's most recent census: Despite a booming economy and big cities full of glittering malls and luxury cars, the country is failing its girls. Early results show India has only 914 girls under age 6 for every 1,000 boys. The census in Morena showed that for every 1,000 boys only 825 girls in the district made it to their sixth birthdays, down from an already troubling 829 a decade ago. (AP Photo/Mustafa Quraishi)AP – The room is large and airy, the stone floors clean and cool — a welcome respite from the afternoon sun. Until your eyes take in the horror that it holds. Ten severely malnourished children — nine of them girls.

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