‘BETI - Female Selective Abortion in India’ is a graphic narrative based in India, that represents sex discrimination and gender bias through a cultural narrative with supplemental information on topics such as, science, laws and statistics. The book mainly focuses in the most extreme form of sex discrimination, female selective abortion, which is; is the termination of pregnancy based on the fetus being female. This occurs in select groups in India that sex discriminates due to cultural prejudice against females regardless of availability of resources and economy. The graphic narrative is to educate females on sex discrimination (female selective abortion) and why this leads to gender bias for women and gender imbalance in society in the future. This book fills the gap of information between the science relating to reproduction and sex and what the cultural misconceptions of sex (ie. gender) and reproduction are. Understanding these topics will within a narrative of a story with the right scientific infomration will enable them to make connections about gender based on a different context, through science as opposed purely through cultural perception.
Trisha Shah graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Art majoring in Biomedical Art. This is her first book written and illustrated herself. Her previous publications include, illustrations for ‘The Know How Of Face Transplantation’. Her career began in boarding school in India; exploring various techniques of Indian art such as, pottery, weaving, printmaking and painting. Her current work, this book, uses the skills gained from biomedical art to represent topics with serious ethical issues. Growing up in India, she has felt the need to educate others to improve conditions for women in her country that face sex discrimination and gender bias. Her goal is to fill the gap in information for an audience that is neglected, and help spread awareness. To see more of her work go to her artist website: http://trishashah.com/