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Submitted by Raj Raina on
Hi Shanta, Sorry you lost the debate. I do think there is a need for division for labor between organizations and the Bank is already inundated with too many mandates. At the same time we probably need more economist who can understand the human right's language so that we know when we are consciously involved or not. For this reason I abstain to vote. On another note, I wanted to point you to a recent article in the guardian about India being among the top 5 dangerous places for women. Makes me question your statement "countries that do well on human rights indicators, such as India" or question the Guardian article. A quote from the article: "India is the fourth most dangerous country. India's central bureau of investigation estimated that in 2009 about 90% of trafficking took place within the country and that there were some 3 million prostitutes, of which about 40% were children, the survey found. Forced marriage and forced labour trafficking add to the dangers for women. Up to 50 million girls are thought to be 'missing' over the past century due to female infanticide and foeticide, the UN population fund says, because parents prefer to have young boys rather than girls." Should the Bank get involved in such human rights violations? Is this part of our development agenda? I am not sure of the answer. If so, how do we engage a country like India about the above?