As for India… Joe says that there are more men but not by much. Where does he get those statistics? There are tens of millions of girls missing, and they’re not just in the poor, ignorant villages; foeticide of girls is very common (and sometimes more common) in middle- and upper-class areas as well. The shortage of young women has led to an increase in kidnappings and selling of women; some women find that they are expected to be the wife of not only their husband but his brothers, too.
Joe mentioned the sexual harassment, but there is much more to the mistreatment of women in India, which for some reason is ignored by the international media and human rights groups. Women have to pay a large dowry (which is one reason parents don’t want them. Often, even after the pay and marry, the husband’s family demands more; of they can’t come up with it, they end up dead – burned in a ‘cooking accident’. Brides are abused and treated as servants by their mothers-in-law, and large proportions of women and men feel that husband are justified in beating their wives for such infractions as not having dinner ready on time or burning the food.
Widows are treated poorly; many families take them far from home (sometimes to religious sites) and then abandon the, returning home without them.
Then there is the caste system, which is technically illegal but in reality is alive and well.Reply