Female feticide – new cancer ( in society) that is killing mankind. It
is a selective abortion of child after knowing their gender.
Especially in a country like India where we get such news
approximately twice in a week or more. Survey has shown that status of
female feticide has worsened and has become another serious issue of
Human’s right. It needs to be removed radically but first, we need
to know why still in this 21st century many people are still drowned
in the depth of this evil tradition.
Couples prefer a male child over a female child. Reasons ?
The reason for this is our very own tradition, custom and above of
all, our rational thinking:
1- The thinking that birth of a male child brings status to the
A male child is considered as a source of name, fame, and
money. When the money part is considered, female is considered as a
burden as one day she has to go to her husband’s home. So people think
that it is unnecessary to spend money on them.
2- Dowry System.
A tradition which is being followed since past 100 years. But in
today’s society, the demands of people are increasing day by day and
which increases the pressure on bride’s side. And this leads to the
crime against women. They are even physically and emotionally tortured
to bring in more money. The fear of expenses is making people get
trapped deeper and deeper in this quicksand.
3- Educational System –
In our patriarchal form of Indian societies, it is believed that male
child would be working and earning for the family while females have
to sit at home and do household chores, so it is just waste of time
and money to be spent on their education.
4- Girls are considered as weak and liability on one’s shoulder.
As it is believed that they are always dependent on others for everything.
And it is believed that if they can’t protect themselves then the name
of the whole family is ruined. So just for the reputation and namesake
of family they are being murdered /killed.
5- Foul medical ethics –
Illegal sex determination with help of ultrasound and termination has
become a trend. It’s a harsh reality of today’s modern society, that
(few) doctors themselves are involved in such a heinous crime of
killing a girl child before their mere existence and that too for
some lame amount of money.
6- Religious ethics-
Even the religious roots are biased against females. A male child
often prefers to sit in the poojas that have been carried out for the
mere sake of the family. As per Hindu belief, the only son has been
given right for lighting the funeral pyre which is considered
necessary for peace of spirts or for their salvation.
7- Gender discrimination –
Sons are expected to work in fields, provide income to the family,
look after their parents, carry forward the name of family, etc. They
are considered as an insurance policy for the namesake of the family
while women are looked down regarding everything( be it earning money,
8- Burden on parents regarding the safety of girl child.
Incidents against women such as rape cases, abduction, harassment
cases, domestic violence, trafficking, etc is increasing day by day.
This is the issue of worry for parents while with a male child, this
isn’t an issue, which is also a reason for preference of male child
over a girl child.
It is also a reason behind people commiting such a heinous crime. But again even the rich and educated people are doing the same.
10- It is believed that all the money spent on male child would get
repayed one day as he would be earning for his family while spending
too much of moneyon women is just wastage of both time and money
because one day she has to go to her husband’s house.
Although there are many steps that has been taken by government for
uplifting the status of women in society but no effort will be
fruitful until and unless the backward thinking and mindset of people
People have to understand that women are no less than a man but they
are far superior to men.