Why Is India Still Killing Female Children?

vpaulose By vpaulose, 22nd Apr 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/2e3q8w-o/
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Increase in the killing incidents of female children in India is very alarming. Everyday newspapers bring out shocking details about the atrocities against girl children. Many NGOs are struggling hard to put an end to such inhuman activities. The Government is trying its best to curtail this deadly custom. But the recent census shows a sad picture in some states of the country.

Why India is still under the grip of sex discrimination?


Discriminations against feminine gender have been alive in most of the patriarchal cultures throughout history. The phenomenon of female infanticide has been alive in many cultures until today. Gender-selection has resulted in the death of millions of female children. Recent reports in the media confirm that the cruel practice of killing female children has been increasing in the recent decades. Demographic statistics of the country also confirm this pitiable plight of the weaker sex in India.

Indians deify women, but they treat women even worse than doormats. Female infanticide is prevalent in the country. Wombs become the cemeteries of female babies even before they see the light of the world. After they are born, they are killed in various ways. Because female children are looked upon as a burden on the family and are an ill omen in the family. Even if they survive they are not educated as their male counterparts.

Just a few days back, an incident in Delhi’s satellite town of Gurgaon has reiterated the continuation of atrocities against girls. On April 12, an 18-month-old girl baby was found, abandoned by her own parents at a well-known hospital compound. The couple who abandoned the baby seems to be from a well-to-do family. Reports say that the mother of the baby told an old woman to look after her child as she was going out to purchase a medicine. After sometime, the father of the child turned out and told he would bring the car and pick up the child. Since nobody came to take the child, the old lady handed over the child to the hospital authorities. Fortunately the baby was alive when it was handed over to the police for security. Medical report of the hospital says that the child was not suffering from any ailment.

Two days prior to this incident, a three-month-old female child died in a Bangalore hospital of cigarette burns on her head and a dislocated neck. The injuries were inflicted upon the child by her father in a bid to kill her as he did not want a girl child.

Reasons for gender discrimination in India


1) Women in India are accorded low esteem in the Indian society. They are victims of the patriarchal ideology that oppresses them. History points out that gender discrimination has been an age-old practice in the country.

2) The government recently alerted the country saying that female infanticide is a national crisis and that more than ten million girls have been killed by their own parents in India in the past 20 years.

3) Male members of the family bring income whereas female members add only burdens. Social prejudices and superstitions deny women opportunities for education and jobs.

4) Although the dowry system is legally banned in the country, the Indian parents consider girl children as liabilities, especially because of the rampant practice of dowry.

5) Crimes against women are growing everyday. Rape, molestation, kidnapping and sex abuse are increasing in the country at an alarming level. Hence, parents do not want to face such shameful discrimination by having female children.

The reasons for male domination and female discrimination in India are attributed to various social and economical conditions. Apathy to the birth of a girl baby in India is really deplorable. What can change this cruel fate of Indian women?

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Female Children Killed, Female Infanticide, Feticide, Gender Discrimination, Increasing Crimes, India, Sex Crimes

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author avatar Pradeep Kumar B
22nd Apr 2012 (#)

Here in Kerala, things are very different. Good article vp.

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author avatar vpaulose
23rd Apr 2012 (#)

Thank you dear Pradeep

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author avatar shallimarRose
23rd Apr 2012 (#)

OMG this is a horrible horrible thing... thanks for the information.
sR

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author avatar vpaulose
23rd Apr 2012 (#)

Thank you dear Shallimar

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author avatar Val Mills
24th Apr 2012 (#)

Please keep on keeping us informed about these things. It is so hard to change centuries of tradition I guess.

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author avatar vpaulose
25th Apr 2012 (#)

Thank you dear Val.

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author avatar Jules, The Cowboy
24th Apr 2012 (#)

there's really a lot of issues in your side of the world..thanks for letting us know

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author avatar vpaulose
25th Apr 2012 (#)

Thank you dear JUles.

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author avatar tootsieharveynovels
24th Apr 2012 (#)

Thanks for the great article...shared on facebook and twitter....

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author avatar vpaulose
25th Apr 2012 (#)

Thank you dear sister Starrleena.

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author avatar Judy Ellen
29th Apr 2012 (#)

This is so tragic and heartbreaking!!! I did not know this happened in India!! I knew that the Arabs felt this way about females but I am surprised this happens in India! Thank you for letting us know about this! What can be done about this tragedy???

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author avatar vpaulose
29th Apr 2012 (#)

Only education can open the eyes. that is what missionaries do there.Thank you dear Judy.

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author avatar Retired
16th Jul 2012 (#)

This is horrible. I had no idea women were treated that way in India. We have lots of people from India as doctors, and they own gas stations. I

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author avatar vpaulose
18th Jul 2012 (#)

Thanks for comment

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author avatar Lisa
12th Dec 2012 (#)

No Country's Shouldn't Be killing a baby girl or a child never and it not nice to a child or a baby girl

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