Women are being denied the right to be born in India
By Punam Dwivedi
March 14, 2010
Author is a development journalist and was on her recent visit in Eastern Uttar Pradesh to cover this issue. She can be contacted at: email@example.com
The declining sex ratio over the past several years shows that girls and
women not only face indignities and gender inequality in society, they are
even denied the right to be born if their families do not wish so. In fact
many families do not wish their women folk to deliver baby daughters.
Female foeticide is still a problem in 21 century in India. It is a matter of
great concern that today in India we are discussing a thing like female
foeticide. It speaks of a whole system gone corrupt, a whole society
involved in conspiracy against women, against destruction of half the
population of society, at the hands of monstrous practices becoming more and
more rampant in a society fast losing its secular, social, and humanistic
It is pertinent to note that the figure shows the fall in the juvenile sex
ratio is much higher in the economically developed States in India. There is
steep fall in sex ratio in States like, Punjab, Haryana, Gujarat and
Maharashtra, along with the Union territories of Delhi and Chandigarh. In
Punjab there are only 874 females per 1,000 males. The situation in Haryana,
Gujarat and Maharashtra is also similar - the females are 861, 921 and 922
respectively per 1,000 males. Kerala is the only State were females are
1,058 per 1,000 males.
“Today women are being denied the right to be born. This is more prevalent
in the more prosperous urban areas where there is an easy access to
techniques of sex selective abortions, despite a legal ban on such
practices. So prosperity seems to be anti woman,” says Dr. Sabu George, a
senior social activist whose relentless efforts of the last 25 years have
brought the issue of the female foeticide to the national forefront.
“The sex ratio continues to be unfavorable towards women. In this context,
medical practitioners are major culprits as they are perpetrating the
problem due to unethical practices and vested commercial interests with
scant regard to PCPNDT Act. But now the time has come when we need to unite
for mass mobilization so that we can fight against this social and
medico-legal concern,” says Dr. Neelam Singh, Chief Functionary of Vatsalya
working against Female Foeticide.
She further says that in UP, 50% of the doctors are involved in illegal
abortions, driven solely by greed. She cites some cases in Bihar where
in the absence on this technology people hired the traditional health
attendant to kill the infant girl child for a paltry some of Rs.50. She
therefore felt that there is an urgent need for a more gender sensitive
curriculum for medical students,”.
People come from western UP (which is more prosperous in comparison to
Eastern UP) to Eastern UP to buy bride. There was a case in eastern UP,
where a girl Aneeta (name changed) unconsciously got married with four men.
After marriage when she got to know that she has four husbands, and she was
not allowed to meet anyone and not allowed even talk to her parents, she
went away at her in law’s home. After coming at her parents home she was not
even able to speak anything due to fear.
Recently there was a lot of hue and cry to give 33 per cent reservation of
Indian women in Parliament. However, they are not raising their voice
against this heinous crime. It’s a shame of Indian democracy and for all
responsible citizens who are involved in this practice.
Posted on: March 14, 2010 09:43 PM IST