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Need to prevent female foeticide, save girl child
Bhawna Mutreja | 07 Feb 2011

The increasing imbalance between men and women is leading to many crimes such as illegal trafficking of women, sexual assaults, polygamy and dehumanization of society. These acts have been increasing making this world unsafe for women.

FEMALE FOETICIDE is the most highlighting and threatening issue in our country. Even after 63 years of independence from Britishers, women in India are not free, they are still considered as weaker section in the society.
 
Female foeticide is a heinous act and an indicator of violence against women
and it shows the real status of women in our country. The increasing imbalance between men and women is leading to many crimes such as illegal trafficking of women, sexual assaults, polygamy and dehumanization of society. These acts have been increasing making this world unsafe for women.

Female foeticide is one of the most nefarious crimes on this earth; perhaps what is detestable is that the people who commit crime belong to the educated class.
Women are now moving ahead their steps to compete with men in every field whether education, politics etc then why they are considered as a lower status.
 
India is a democratic country where citizens are getting equal rights despite of race, sex, caste, creed, then why no one is moving forward to curb this sex discrimination. Although many encouraging steps have taken by the govt about
female foeticide but they are not worth in a country where female foeticide is at its peak.
 
Female foeticide is almost in every nook and corner in India but mostly in Rajasthan, Haryana, Chandigarh, Bihar. People inspect their wife’s foetus where they have a girl or a boy child, if mother’s foetus have girl child then its being killed in the womb. Women are losing their shrine in the society by the name
of female foeticide.

The supreme court’s directive to the government to implement the provisions of the pre-natal diagonistic techniques act banning determination tests and sex selection to prevent female foeticide timely, the court has been monitoring the implementation of its various orders since may, 2001 and those who violate this will be prisoned for 2 years or more with or without fine. This step had a positive impact which decreases the percentage of female foeticide from 15.96 in 1999 to 11.31 in 2002.

The social, cultural and religious fiber of India is pre-dominantly patriarchal contributing extensively to the secondary status of women. The patrilineal social structure based on the foundation that the family runs through a male and makes male a precious commodity that needs to be protected and given special status. Another important pillar of the patriarchal structure is marriage wherein women
are given sub-ordinate status having no say in the running of their life or any control over their body or bodily integrity.

However, doubts are bound to be raised on the effectiveness of the legislation as the issues mainly relates to people attitude, preferences. The desire for a son, is deep rooted in both rural and urban. The problem of dowry and the choice of a son for social security have also contributed to the malady. Although urban and almost cities like Chandigarh and Delhi’s female foeticide is very high as considered girl as a burden on their lives and to avoid that burden they killed the girls before their
birth.
 
This issue came to highlight in delhi by Prof. Kiran Walia Delhi health, women and child welfare minister eradicating the practice of female foeticide and stressed on the need for safeguardind the interests of a girl child. Reffering to the initiatives taken by the delhi govt. for the betterment of girl child by launching a scheme known as “LADLI” in 2008 by Prof. Kiran Walia and Delhi CM Shiela Dikshit.
 
The Scheme is made available in govt. schools to those girls who have one brother
or sister and had their parents earning is less than Rs. 1,00,000 a year and also for those girl who born in government hospital will get an assured sum of Rs. 1,00,000 at the age of 18 .
 
Referring to the initiatives taken by the delhi govt. for the betterment of the girl child “ladli” scheme has registered 1,63,115 girls under it. The scheme has had a positive impact on female birth registration in Delhi and 17,085 girls have received their final maturity payments through their bank accounts. These kind of initiatives lead to the decrease in female foeticide cases.

Although health ministry and NGO’s are advertising on female foeticide and sex discrimination which are making people more aware about the importance of women in the society. TV Programes like “aagle janam mohe bitiya hi kijo” and “ na aana iss desh meri laado” are prohibiting female foeticide.

With the help of these programmes women itself are realising their status and image for moving forward in their life. If govt. is highlighting these issues, then definitely in the coming years there will be no female foeticide.
 
Atlast I want to say when “WOMEN” are supported and empowered, all of society benefits.