Aborting Development

The children aborted by all the enthusiastic parents may just be the little prince they were hoping for. This selective abortion of the female child, done deliberately by the mother, after the detection of the child’s gender through ultrasonography. Usually done under familial pressure from the husband or the in-laws or even the woman’s parents.

The sex ratio is defined as the number of females per 1000 men. The sex ratio in India, according to the Census of 2011, stands at 940, which is a marginal increase from 933 in 2001. Female Foeticide not only disturbed the sex-ratio of the country but has also created problems in the society. Why is this act of cruelty performed? Surprisingly, the reasons for killing female foetuses aren’t quite as diverse as one may expect.

“Male Children are a Better Investment.”

“Female Children Are a Gamble.”

“Women Don’t Have Status in Society.”

The dependence and lack of freedom for women has not only provided men importance over them, but it has also given parents the fear of having a girl child. From early ages, girls were considered burdens for their parents. Marrying them off at a young age, paying a huge amount of dowry and abiding by all wishes of the in-laws. But, these are not applicable for a boy. They neither are considered a burden nor have to pay a dowry or shift their attention to the bride’s family.

Ignorance is one of the major causes for selective sex abortion cases. Spreading awareness can go a long way in saving our future sisters, mothers, girlfriends and wives. A cohesive effort by everyone can prove to be the requisite baby step in the right direction. We might not support the notion of women rising above men or conquering the world, but the basic humane consideration to let an innocent child live and see the world she was conceived to grow in is not too much to ask. Let’s not be murderers of our own flesh and blood.

Oshin Lamba
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