Saving The Girl Child

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Female Feticide or selectively aborting a baby because it is of the female gender is perhaps the most heinous crime against a girl child. Sex-selective abortion is a big problem in our country. The number of abortions by medical professionals has increased so much that today it has become an industry even though it is punishable by law.

Save Girl Child

यत्र नार्यस्तु पूज्यन्ते रमन्ते तत्र देवता:

“Gods reside where women are worshipped”. This ancient maxim has perhaps become a cliché in the modern context. Today the crime against women is on the rise. All sorts of restrictions are imposed upon them in the name of honouring the traditions and saving the culture. This is far from the reality of ancient India. The Women have been on a receiving end in Indian society in recent times, in ancient times they enjoyed immense prestige and respect but gradually somehow their rights were stripped and they became subservient to their male counterparts facing discrimination in all walks of life.

They were relegated to the second class citizens. So much so that people started preferring a male child over a female child. This was the basis of many social evil like dowry, female infanticide, crimes against women, and so on.

Female Feticide or selectively aborting a baby because it is of the female gender is perhaps the most heinous crimes against a girl child. Sex-selective abortion is a big problem in our country. The number of abortions by medical professionals has increased so much that today it has become an industry even though it is punishable by law.

In some cases, the girl child is killed even after she takes birth. It could be through suffocation, poisoning,, etc. In other cases, girls child is not taken proper care of and passive killing takes place; no interest is taken with regards to feeding her properly on when she falls sick. Nothing can be more inhumane than this.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi did a great service to the nation by launching the campaign to protect and nurture the girl child. “Beti Bachao, beti padhao” was indeed a great step to ensure gender equality.

The society’s apathy towards the girl child reflects in the statistics; the sex ratio in the 0-6 age group in India was 1000 males per 914 females in 2011. The ratio is significantly higher in certain states such as Punjab and Haryana (126.1 and 122.0, as of 2001).

Unfortunately, this discrimination has become strong over the years and with time it has become a mindset where a girl child is an unwanted child. The reasons are economic as well as social. It is a patriarchal society. The male child is the one who inherits property and perpetuates the surname. He performs pujas and even last rites. Women become only mute spectators despite giving continuous services to the family. It is thought that sons will take care of their parents when old age takes hold.

The sons take responsibility for funeral arrangements as this task is not deemed appropriate for females. The daughters marry and move in with their husband’s as a result they are not productive. Besides the dowry forbidding such behaviours since 1961, it is a general practice within Indian society and widely accepted. The girl’s families have to pay at the time of marriage and satiate the ego of the groom’s family; making girl’s position precarious in society.

The majority of marriages in India are arranged. This practice is legal in India, however, it is forbidden to marry-until the ages of 21 years old for men and 18 years old for women. Despite this fact, many marriages are between couples below the age guidelines, and they are generally widely celebrated by the families involved. According to UNICEF, 56% of cases involving early marriage happen in rural India and 29% in the urban area. This robs the girl child to learn, educate and flourish. Her childhood is stolen and she becomes mature much earlier. Even her health suffers.

Since the new law in 2010, education is free for every child between the ages of 6 to 14 years old however it is not compulsory; the children have the right to education but not the parent has no obligation to send them to school.

A lot of girls do not go to school because their parents would rather send their sons who will be the future for them. The girls do the household chores, attend to their younger siblings, and manage the house; things it is deemed she would need only these skills in her future life as an adult.

After the wedding, the wife lives with her husband’s family. She has to adjust to the new family and conform to their lifestyle, failing which she can be mistreated or in extreme cases coerced which can lead to inflicting physical and psychological damage.

These social mores have made the girl child more and more vulnerable. It is about time we as a society stand up against injustice to the fair sex. No society is perfect; it must be a continuous effort on the part of all of us to give girl child her due. And the best place is to start is your home.

Indeed there are many laws that provide for gender equality and punish the wrongdoer. But no social evil can be tackled by law alone it must be our collective effort to give every girl her due and give her an environment to flourish and realize her true potential.“Gods reside where women are worshipped”. This ancient maxim has perhaps become a cliché in the modern context. Today the crime against women is on the rise. All sorts of restrictions are imposed upon them in the name of honouring the traditions and saving the culture. This is far from the reality of ancient India. The Women have been on a receiving end in Indian society in recent times, in ancient times they enjoyed immense prestige and respect but gradually somehow their rights were stripped and they became subservient to their male counterparts facing discrimination in all walks of life.

They were relegated to the second class citizens. So much so that people started preferring a male child over a female child. This was the basis of many social evil like dowry, female infanticide, crimes against women, and so on.

Female Feticide or selectively aborting a baby because it is of the female gender is perhaps the most heinous crimes against a girl child. Sex-selective abortion is a big problem in our country. The number of abortions by medical professionals has increased so much that today it has become an industry even though it is punishable by law.

In some cases, the girl child is killed even after she takes birth. It could be through suffocation, poisoning,, etc. In other cases, girls child is not taken proper care of and passive killing takes place; no interest is taken with regards to feeding her properly on when she falls sick. Nothing can be more inhumane than this.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi did a great service to the nation by launching the campaign to protect and nurture the girl child. “Beti Bachao, beti padhao” was indeed a great step to ensure gender equality.

The society’s apathy towards the girl child reflects in the statistics; the sex ratio in the 0-6 age group in India was 1000 males per 914 females in 2011. The ratio is significantly higher in certain states such as Punjab and Haryana (126.1 and 122.0, as of 2001).

Unfortunately, this discrimination has become strong over the years and with time it has become a mindset where a girl child is an unwanted child. The reasons are economic as well as social. It is a patriarchal society. The male child is the one who inherits property and perpetuates the surname. He performs pujas and even last rites. Women become only mute spectators despite giving continuous services to the family. It is thought that sons will take care of their parents when old age takes hold.

The sons take responsibility for funeral arrangements as this task is not deemed appropriate for females. The daughters marry and move in with their husband’s as a result they are not productive. Besides the dowry forbidding such behaviours since 1961, it is a general practice within Indian society and widely accepted. The girl’s families have to pay at the time of marriage and satiate the ego of the groom’s family; making girl’s position precarious in society.

The majority of marriages in India are arranged. This practice is legal in India, however, it is forbidden to marry-until the ages of 21 years old for men and 18 years old for women. Despite this fact, many marriages are between couples below the age guidelines, and they are generally widely celebrated by the families involved. According to UNICEF, 56% of cases involving early marriage happen in rural India and 29% in the urban area. This robs the girl child to learn, educate and flourish. Her childhood is stolen and she becomes mature much earlier. Even her health suffers.

Since the new law in 2010, education is free for every child between the ages of 6 to 14 years old however it is not compulsory; the children have the right to education but not the parent has no obligation to send them to school.

A lot of girls do not go to school because their parents would rather send their sons who will be the future for them. The girls do the household chores, attend to their younger siblings, and manage the house; things it is deemed she would need only these skills in her future life as an adult.

After the wedding, the wife lives with her husband’s family. She has to adjust to the new family and conform to their lifestyle, failing which she can be mistreated or in extreme cases coerced which can lead to inflicting physical and psychological damage.

These social mores have made the girl child more and more vulnerable. It is about time we as a society stand up against injustice to the fair sex. No society is perfect; it must be a continuous effort on the part of all of us to give girl child her due. And the best place is to start is your home.

Indeed there are many laws that provide for gender equality and punish the wrongdoer. But no social evil can be tackled by law alone it must be our collective effort to give every girl her due and give her an environment to flourish and realize her true potential.

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