Female Foeticide

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Female foeticide is the illegal practice of killing a foetus which is determined as a female. Female foeticide is prevalent in our country as a major social evil. The patriarchal social structure of India gives a secondary position to women.

Social belief goes that the family runs through a male and hence the birth of a male child in the family is imminent to the carrying forward of its generation. Social discrimination and the preference for sons have given rise to the rate of social sex determination.

Even some medical practitioners are making high incomes by determining pre-natal sex of the child and aborting foetus on the will of the parents. The practice is unlawful and demands strict punishment in form of fine or jail to the person requesting abortion of the unborn girl child as well as to the practitioner who gets the sex determined.

Some kind of complications in pregnancy can also demand surgical termination of pregnancy after eight weeks of conception. This is where the termination or abortion is legal and doctors may have to suggest and opt for discontinuance of pregnancy for the sake of health of the mother carrying the unborn child.

However, the technique of surgical termination is misused by some people in getting rid of the female foetus. Some people intentionally get the sex determined of the unborn child by using the technique of ultrasound and if it is determined as female foetus, they get removal done by surgery. Many societies in India face the problem of skewed male-female sex ratio which is unhealthy to any society. But the reckless practice is still on without realizing the ill effects and drastic consequences of the practice.

Abortion of female foetus is an act of murder. God is the author of life and nobody should have the right to take it. Some women themselves are in favour of getting their female foetus aborted through surgery which is a shameful act and must be condemned.

Some do it...
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