Farzana Versey writes in CounterCurrents.org,
“Across the globe, the seven billionth addition to the human population has been welcomed symbolically. Baby deaths, another vital statistic, can be pushed aside.
Numbers are nice. They give us an idea about just how insignificant we are and how each of us has to wage a battle. The seven billionth girl in India was born in Lucknow – the symbolism here is of the girl child. There are photographs and nice family moments. Imagine a situation where a few years from now she could be married and forced to become the shared booty between brothers because she survived. Nobody poked a coat hanger in her mother’s womb to kill her. No one poisoned her milk or just threw her in the dustbin. The tragedy of her life is her survival.”
- Meet the World’s Seven Billionth (Indian) Baby (blogs.wsj.com)
- Various ‘7 Billionth’ Babies Celebrated Worldwide (abcnews.go.com)