Female Foeticide

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Ultrasonography, the method of using ultrasound waves to determine flaws in the human body, is now used to find out the gender of the foetus inside the womb. Parents check the gender of the unborn child and abort the pregnancy if it is a girl. This has not only disturbed the sex-ratio of the country but has also created problems in the society. Why is this act of cruelty performed? The answer to this question lies within the society.

In the Indian society, the dependence and lack of freedom for women has not only provided men an importance over them but it has also given parents the fear of having a girl child. From early ages, girls were considered burdens for their parents. Marrying them off at a young age to a considerably good boy is the only consideration parents have after the girl child is born. This belief is so deeply rooted in a girl’s mind till date she very easily shifts all her attention to her husband and his family once she gets married. The girl’s family has to pay a huge dowry and abide by all the wishes of the in-laws for rest of their lives. All this is done in the name of preventing the girl from being harassed. But, all these are not applicable for a boy. They neither are considered a burden, nor have to pay dowry or shift their attention to the bride’s family. Our society has created a big difference between a girl and a boy. The society in the years hoping to work towards the benefit of women, have worked for the reverse. Then why will parents want to have daughters?

Being a girl in the Indian society is a curse. The mortality rate of the girl child is also high. It is because of parental discrimination against daughters in terms of health care and nutrition. The superiority of the male has grown as a parasite and has affected millions, whether poor or rich, educated or uneducated. The value placed on a son is so high that it is not uncommon to see parents having two or more daughters in hope that the next child would be a son. This...
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