Every day, many stories are brought to the screen of women being murdered. Though this trend happens in the world, India has become notorious for murdering women even before birth. Female foeticide in India takes place daily. This implies the abortion of the female fetus selectively. Annually, over one million female are aborted which results in far reaching consequences. Some regions in India have a wide ratio of male to female because of female foeticide.
The female foeticide in India has become a big social problem supported by local culture. For example, the dowry ingrained in the Indian system has contributed to this. Families in India prefer to have boys than girls as compared to other European countries. When a woman becomes pregnant in India, the fetus sex is then determined through diagnostic technology. If the fetus shown is a female, then there are high chances that abortion occurs. Hence, there should be a lot of focus on women empowerment in India so that cases like these never happen.
Female foeticide has contributed a lot in what is today seen as inequality. Not only are the women discriminated in the society, but even the unborn females are subjected to murder. The big question relating to these behaviors is the reason why there is selective abortion of females in India. It is accepted that the females must be aborted, which become practical and acceptable in the country. Many factors have contributed to female foeticide in India. However, the major contributing sense in this practice relates to dowry payment. Indian culture demands that the bride parents pay the dowry to the groom. In many instances, the sons provide security to families when parent become old. The male will also perform the rights to the departed souls, unlike daughters. This means females have greater chances of being aborted in the Indian community. To many parent, the female becomes a burden socially.
Due to the development of technology that detects the sex of the fetus, women attend prenatal clinic to get information about the sex of the fetus. This has also contributed greatly to the problem. In India, the offence attracts a jail term. People who have committed the offence has always found themselves in courts. The problem has increased as technology develops in the country to know the sex of the fetus thus contributing to abortion.
The sex ratio facts
According to recent surveys in India, the sex ratio of females to 1000 males shows that the average sex ratio is 933; rural sex ration stands at 946 with the urban sex ratio standing at 900. However, some states like Kerala have high sex ratio of females to male.
Ending the vice
There are many ways to end foeticide in India. This includes:
- Having strong laws to make medical practioners liable after carrying out abortion
- Avoid religious teachings that discriminates on humanist approaches
- Good health access and care services
- Having better ethical codes among doctors
- Publication in the media condemning the vice and having regular indicators on women status in the country