Female foeticide is a curse in today’s India, especially in rural areas. The frequency of female foeticide in India is increasing day by day. Why people hate girl child? The irony is even elderly women hate girl child. They do not realize one thing, that they too were born as a girl child and became women as they get aged. But tot
ally forget everything and straightaway hate girl children.
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 goddess. 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.
MAIN CAUSE OF FEMALE FOETICIDE- The general perception is that the cost of marriage and dowry has gone up and so daughters have become greater financial liabilities. The dowry system is invariably blamed. We are not convinced that dowry alone is the main cause of female foeticide. Families that are well-off and do not have to depend on dowry to augment their income are also opting for female foeticide. The real reason seems to be the high status of families with several sons and the low status of families with no sons. Another interesting factor for the preference for sons is that the prospect of migration of sons to, say the Gulf or western countries, is much higher for men than for women (except in special cases such as Kerala from where nurses go all over the world). GLOBALISATION is thus adding to the miseries of the girl child.