Female infanticide in India

2013-11-06 18.24.56 

Female infanticide is the deliberate killing of newborn female children. In countries with a history of female infanticide, the modern practice of sex-selective abortion is often discussed as a closely related issue. It has been argued that the “low status” in which women are viewed in patriarchal societies creates a bias against females.

Now, there is a big question-why people brutally kill girl child?
Female infanticide in India has a history spanning centuries. Poverty, the dowry system, births to unmarried women, deformed infants, famine, lack of support services and maternal illnesses such as postpartum depression are among the causes that have been proposed to explain the phenomenon of female infanticide in India.

Female infanticide is nowadays a criminal offence but it is less reported under law. A report says that
100 male and female infanticides were reported in the country in 2010, giving an official rate of less than one per million people but the truth is in stark contrast. The low sex ratio of the country proves that there is no reliable data available.

People consider girls to be a curse. Why because they bring bad luck?-no!!!! But because they feel that having a girl child can be quite expensive for them. Sooner or later, a girl has to get married so why to spend money on them. She wouldn’t do anything for them and she will serve her in-laws only. In addition to this,dowry system is also responsible for this poor thinking and low status of women. One has to pay a heavy amount of the dowry at the time of marriage. This add up to their expenses. They always think of the money they have to spend. Horrible!! I really want to ask a question to them- if your mother too had thought of not bringing you to this world or your mother’s family had thought of not bringing your mother to this world, then would you be here? By killing a single girl child,you kill the whole next generation which was supposed to be born by her. Bloody murderers!!

Your mother was someone’s daughter 
Still want to send your girl to slaughter? 

Many people have changed their mentality but still there are people who are living and killing by implementing their poor old thinking. Frustrating!!

The sex ratio in India is only 943 females per 1000males.pity!! But what is good that in two states of the country-kerala and puducherry ,there are more females than males. If it can happen in two states,it can surely happen in the whole country. After all little drops of water make a mighty ocean.

There is a need of saving girls. If the situation remains the same, the day when human life will come to an end seems to be not very far. Several steps are taken and several NGOs are working for the cause. But they can only bring a change when we ourselves change our thinking and make a pledge to ourselves that we will stop this and many such evils. Be the change you want to see in the world.


Save a girl child, save yourself!!!


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