Female Foeticide

Topics: Abortion, Gender / Pages: 13 (3206 words) / Published: Jan 23rd, 2013
INTRODUCTION: Day by day women population as compared to men is decreasing. If the current trend continues, the day is not far when men will find difficult to find partners for marriage. Recently, a movie “Matribhumi’ presented the worst consequence of decreasing women population. The only reason for decreasing women population is killing of girl foetus before birth. Owing to the advancement of science and technology and subsequent development of ultrasonic technique, it is very easy to know the sex of the foetus within few months of its formation, so that couples who do not want to have girl child abort the fetus. In other words, they get their child murdered in the womb. Although girl foeticide is illegal in India and culprits can get several years of punishment, it is very difficult to prove it. The two parties, the doctor and the couple, involved in the crime find it mutually beneficial. None of them complain and realize that it is a very heinous crime even more heinous than “murder because it can create imbalance in nature, it has potential to destroy humanity”. Female Foeticide is thus, the act of aborting a foetus because it is female. This is a major social problem not only in India but the entire world. Foetal sex determination and sex selective abortion by medical professionals has today grown into a Rs. 1,000 crore industry. Social discrimination against women and a preference for sons have promoted. According to the decennial Indian census, the sex ratio in the 0-6 age group in India went from 104.0 males per 100 females in 1981, to 105.8 in 1991, to 107.8 in 2001, to 109.4 in 2011. The ratio is significantly higher in certain states such as Punjab and Haryana (126.1 and 122.0, as of 2001).
It estimated that more than ten million female foetuses have been illegally aborted in India. Researchers for the Lancet journal based in Canada and India stated that 5, 00,000 girls were being lost annually through sex selective abortions.
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