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ARTICLE ERRS; KILLING UNBORN GIRLS NOT A PART OF EAST INDIAN CULTURE

A News article headlined "Practice might aid those who would abort girls" contains inaccurate information with respect to the East Indian culture.

The article tells about "a California doctor whose specialty is determining the sex of an unborn child for East Indian women who do not want girl babies." It goes on to make numerous references to East Indians, giving a totally incorrect impression of their culture.

The culture of the Indian subcontinent, home to almost 1 billion people of all religions of the world, is much too varied to be described by one doctor who claims an expertise in encouraging people of unsound ethics to end life.

In modern times, three countries on the Indian subcontinent have produced women as heads of government -- India (Indira Gandhi), Sri Lanka (Sirimavo Bandaranayake) and Pakistan (Benazir Bhutto). India has also produced many female writers, poets, scientists, social workers and politicians, not to mention Nobel prize winner Mother Teresa (a naturalized Indian citizen).

Since ancient times, no important Indian religious and/or social event has been conducted without full participation of both male and female. The East Indian culture is one of the few which has the concept of female deities. Holy rivers and mountaintops are given female names. The subcontinent itself is referred to as Mother India.

Your readers need to know that the article, which is based upon an interview with one individual with no real knowledge of Indian culture, is inaccurate. Termination of female fetuses or killing of girls is not an aspect of the East Indian culture.

ANIL BANSAL
President
India Association of Buffalo Inc.
Williamsville

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