Female foeticide or infanticide, a girl child murder before her birth or after birth, is another shameful curse to our society. We can also say “our modern society” where girls are rising in their career leaving behind the boys but some people are still in their orthodox mentality.
Female foeticide means the selective abortion/elimination of the girl child in the womb itself, after the detection of the child’s gender through medical means. This is usually done under familial pressure from the husband or the in-laws or even the woman’s parents.
Female infanticide is the unlawful killing of newborn girl child.
Haryana has the lowest sex ratio among the states while Kerala remains at the top with the highest sex ratio. According to the 2011 Census, the number of girls stands at 940 which is a marginal increase from 933 in 2001. In Delhi, the statistics stand at 821 girls against 1000 boys in 2001 compared to 866 in 2011.
According to the statistics, nearly 10 million female foetuses have been aborted in the country over the past two decades. Of the 12 million girls born in India, one million do not see their first birthdays.
In India, we worship Goddess “Lakshmi” for wealth and Goddess “Saraswati” for knowledge but we kill our daughters. Are we not afraid of doing such a shameful crime? Killing a child before the birth is equivalent to a murder.
The Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (Prohibition of Sex Selection) Act and Rules 1994 (as amended up to 2002) dictates that sex selection by any person, by any means, before or after conception, is prohibited. The people who do so can be punished a jail of up to five years.
Doctors, lab technicians, hospitals or any other staff found to violate the law, will be punished. Hospitals and doctors can also lose their licences. But still we have this curse in our society.
Why there is so inequality still prevailing in our society? Why a boy still not a girl? Girl is achieving more and more heights in her career but we are not aware of her capabilities. Let’s see what people say who discriminate between a boy and girl.
Beta hua hai. Badhai ho badhai.
Are uske to ladki ho gyi, uska to bhagya hi aisa hai.
Pehle bhi ladki thi, kaise uthayega do do ladkiyon ka bojh.
These are the words of our surrounding people we used to listen whenever a birth takes place. Why they say like this? Let’s see.
- Son will continue their surname to next generation, while a daughter will be married and go to another house.
- Son will take care of parents in their old age while a daughter will take care of her in-laws.
- Son will bring wealth to their house.
- Daughter would need more protection from the surrounding people and the bad community.
- Son will bring wealth through dowry while for daughter, they need to give dowry.
But is this so? I want to ask some questions on the above points. Please answer who think the same as mentioned in above points.
- Name and fame has become more important than a child life?
- Daughter till she is married takes care of parents more than the son and after marriage too, she is more caring. Haven’t you felt that?
- Girls are more conscious than the boys for their career. We have many examples where girls have proved that “Sky is the Limit”. Kiran Bedi, Kalpna Chawla, our honourable Prime Minister Indira Gandhi etc. In each field, girls have proved their existence then what else we want? Daughters are not only the future of our house but our country too.
- Girls need protection that cannot be denied but because of some bad people in our society. For that should we kill our daughters or take steps against these bad people?
The people who are agree with me must be thinking what they can do and why I am writing this. To whom I am saying this. People who are doing such crimes will not understand then to whom I am directing. I am directing this article to all those people who think that this shameful activity should be abolished from our society. Now the question comes, what we can do.
- We can discourage this practice in our family, relatives and friends.
- We can share our words within our community.
- Discouraging dowry can also bring reforms to our society and people will not be afraid of having a daughter in their family then.
- Non-licensed clinics and doctors’ if identified doing such practices need to be informed to police.
- Educating people about the laws against these crimes can also help.
- Girls can also be the strength of a family. Awareness of this fact may also bring reforms and abolition of this curse in our society.
The all we need is to raise our hands to abolish this crime from the society in whole.
Stop killing a child Please!!