On December 19th, 2012, a 23-year-old woman was raped and beaten with an iron rod in New Delhi, India, by a group of men in a moving bus. She died thirteen days later, sparking protests across India and outrage abroad, while bringing to the forefront an alarming trend in the world's largest democracy: horrific cases of violence against women have become all too common in a country that routinely devalues and victimizes half of its population. Rape cases in India have risen more than 25 percent in the past five years, and that in 2011 521 cases of rape were reported in New Delhi alone.
But there is another statistic that points to the systemic marginalization of women in India: 50 million women in that country are missing due to female feticide, infanticide and dowry murders. It's a reality that economist Amartya Sen has called a quiet "terrible story of inequality and neglect." On this week's episode of the CJSR Edition, courtesy of the Women International News Gathering Service (WINGS), we bring you an interview with author and activist Rita Banerji about what 50 million women missing in India really means.