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SoCalDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 12:45 AM
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Want a peek at your newborn? Cost you $12 if it's a boy,,,$7 for a girl
Edited on Wed Oct-19-05 12:56 AM by SoCalDem
http://www.sepiamutiny.com/sepia/archives/cat_business....

Found this weird article at a very smart Indian blog..I've bookmarked this girl's blog..





Where a Cuddle With Your Baby Requires a Bribe


By CELIA W. DUGGER





BANGALORE, India - Just as the painful ordeal of childbirth finally ended and Nesam Velankanni waited for a nurse to lay her squalling newborn on her chest, the maternity hospital's ritual of extortion began.


Namas Bhojani for The New York Times
Nesam Velankanni had to pay to see her daughter, Arokya, at her birth 16 months ago in Bangalore, India. She has an older daughter, Ruby, 6.

THE HIDDEN SCOURGE
Articles in this series examine the impact of corruption on democracy and economic development around the world.

Namas Bhojani for The New York Times
At the Austin Town Maternity Home in Bangalore, it is common for nurses to demand bribes to bring newborns to their mothers.
Before she even glimpsed her baby, she said, a nurse whisked the infant away and an attendant demanded a bribe. If you want to see your child, families are told, the price is $12 for a boy and $7 for a girl, a lot of money for slum dwellers scraping by on a dollar a day. The practice is common here in the city, surveys confirm.

Mrs. Velankanni was penniless, and her mother-in-law had to pawn gold earrings that had been a precious marriage gift so she could give the money to the attendant, or ayah. Mrs. Velankanni, a migrant to Bangalore who had been unprepared for the demand, wept in frustration.

"The ayah told my mother-in-law to pay up fast because the night duty doctor was leaving at 8 a.m. and wanted a share," she recalled.

The grand thefts of rulers may be more infamous, but the bitter experience of petty corruption, less apparent but no less invidious, is an everyday trial for millions of poor people across Asia, Africa and Latin America. Increasingly, it is being recognized as a major obstacle to economic development, robbing the impoverished of already measly incomes and corroding the public services they desperately need.

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zbdent Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 07:38 AM
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1. Boys are valued more in some countries than girls
and here is part of the evidence . . .
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Deja Q Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 07:50 AM
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2. Then those countries should have mandatory abortions for girls...
Let's just see how their "great" country lasts without any women to help populate it.

x( x( x(

Chauvinistic degenerate inhuman pigs.

Without respect for people, NO COUNTRY DESERVES TO SURVIVE OR PROSPER.

And the hurricane season proves America isn't immune either.

Sorry to be anti-PC, but it gets people thinking - even if reading it is a bit jarring.
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SoCalDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 12:32 PM
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3. I am actually surprised that they even let poor women
give birth in the hospitals...or that the women even go there..

The anti-woman sentiment in lots of the world is so ingrained that it's going to be next to impossible to change it anytime soon.. In such patriarchal societies,keeping women uneducated and burdened by constant childbirth/child rearing "works" for the men..
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TahitiNut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 12:37 PM
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4. What's the extra $5 for? To see the penis?
(sheesh!) :eyes: :eyes: :eyes:
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