के सभी प्रकाशन amritha m . बंगलौर , भारत

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FEMALE FOETICIDE

Female foeticide or killing of the girl child in the mother's womb is one of the cruel thing that our Indian families have practiced. Destroying and aborting female child before birth has been a sorrowful history in many families in India. Female foeticide is still a major complication in some parts of our country. Ironically we live in a country where we have thirty three crore deities including goddesses and we worship them. In mythology the script says that "There lives god where there is women." But I am afraid those are only written in scripts and we Indians do not put them into practice in our real lives.


CAUSES

The causes for this incompetence are LOW STATUS OF WOMEN, VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN, SMALL FAMILY NORM, THE NEWS AND PRINT MEDIA TODAY ETC. Today also in some parts of India women are considered to be a burden instead of blessing they are considered to be a financial obligation to the family as they will have to squander for their marriage and give a lump sum amount as dowry. These people have that mindset due to lack of literacy and the rules of government. There are people in the remote areas where they still don't know that asking and giving dowry is a offense and they could be booked for this malpractice. Families longing for sons think that their family name will be carried out by only sons in the future and also those sons will take good care. We have never given a chance to the woman of our family to take care of their parents it is only expected the sons to. There are other reasons why people choose for female foeticide and that is the information we get today about RAPE, MOLESTATION, BRIDE BURNING ETC.


DEMOGRAPHICS

This process began in early 1990's when ultrasound techniques gained a wide spread in India. There was a tendency of families to produce children until they got a son. This is primarily because of the sexist culture which existed in India against women. This affected the literacy rate among the women as well. In the beginning government was also quite as it controlled the population rate. But then the scenario turned out to be worst day by day. Sex ratio in 0-6 age group in India went from 104 male per 100 female in 1981,to 105.8 in 1991 to 107.8 in 2001 to 109.4 in 2011 and this notable changes found in the census report was mostly found in Punjab and Haryana. 80% of districts recorded an increasingly masculine sex ratio in 1991-1999. The Preconception and Prenatal Diagnostic Techniques (PCPNDT) Act was passed in 1994, making sex-selective abortion illegal. Which was amended in 2003 holding medical professionals legally responsible. However, the PCPNDT Act has been poorly enforced by authorities.

For some silver chunks the doctors whom we consider as the second god kill the girl child for the families who ask them to. They are misusing science and technology for their own acquisitiveness. The doctors who perform this viciousness should be chastised enormously.


CONSEQUENCES AND AFFECTS ON SOCIETY

Due to this female foeticide there is a steep decrease in female rate in India. Because of which it is becoming very difficult to find a girl for a boy which in turn leads to girl's trafficking. According to the sources from many states girls are kidnapped and sold in Haryana for marriages where the girl child ratio is the least. In 2011, 15000 women were kidnapped and sold where to states where there least number of woman. The female foeticide has also lead to superiority complex in men which in turn leads to women exploitation.


CREATING AWARENESS

There have been several campaigns which says against the female foeticide. The lead actors in Bollywood like Amir Khan with the medium of the show Satyamev Jayte has given justice to lot of mothers who has suffered in savagery.The license of many doctors had been cancelled in the remote areas of Rajasthan for performing the act of gender reveal. We could also create plays and movies based on this topic to educate people and children.


CONCLUSION

Ironically, our country is where people worship Goddesses, and where females are considered as Maa Laxmi’s incarnation and where young girls are worshipped and people touch their feet for blessings. But even then, the intentional killing of the girl child continues. Such hypocrisy of our society. Right to education, health and empowerment are the fundamental rights of every Indian woman. The horrible illegal practice of female foeticide has to be stopped by harsh laws and change in the mind-set of the people. Save the girl child for a better tomorrow!!!



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