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Female Foeticide

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female foeticide/ infanticide
The term female foeticide means killing the female foetus in the mother's womb. How cruel? The practice has been followed in India for ages, a country that once described its women as godessess. For this reason, Indian women will soon get extinct. Surprised? The most active part is being played by the women themselves -- why? Just for the mere want of a boy, mothers don't feel bad in strangulating their daughters in their wombs. Can anyone be more cruel?  In India, sex ratio stands at a paltry 933:1000, i.e., 67 women short of every 1,000 males. Can you imagine how bad the situation is -- in the coming times, the boys of this country will have to stand single because there will be no girls.   However, ever thought why mothers are being forced to kill their daughters even before they are born? As far as I can think, the main reason behind this gruesome scenario is the cost of the girl child ever since she takes birth. When a girl takes birth, parents have to bear the burden of bringing her up. Then, in today's scenario, girls have to be provided education, so the burden of educating someone who will, one day, leave the parents' house for her husband's place is too much. The mere thought of this sends few parents shivering, i.e., they feel that they are wasting their precious resources on someone who is not their own. Besides this, protecting and safeguarding the girl child, today, has become an uphill task for their families, as the crime rate against women is on the rise. How bad? For this reason, few parents debar their daughters from going outside and they have to stay home away from the rest of the world. Women are subjected to cruelty from the male section of this so-called advanced society. Even educated women face such treatment, what to talk about uneducated, illiterate women. Then last but not the least, the bride price or dowry is a factor which is the prime killer of many girls after marriage. The greed for getting more...