It has become very common nowadays in India to find newspapers, flashing news about killings of female children. Within a short span of time many girl children have been sacrificed for the thirst for male children. Even in this twenty first century many castes in the country are restricting the birth of female gender.
Outlookindia.com reported on 30,April, 2012 that a third case of abandoning a baby girl by her parents occurred within a fortnight. The newborn girl child was abandoned by her own parents at a hospital in a place called Rohtak, in Haryana. The parents of the baby girl left her abandoned in the hospital at night and left the place.
On April 18, an auto-rickshaw driver found a four-day-old girl child, abandoned near a dustbin in Udyog Vihar. The baby was thrown, wrapped in a polybag. On April 13, a well off couple abandoned their eighteen month old girl child at the Civil Hospital in Gurgaon.
Killing or abandoning baby girls is found very common in India. Many innocent babies, just because they are girls, are killed secretly in so many ways. Gender discrimination is increasing in the country in spite of many efforts taken by the government and welfare organizations. The demographic statistics showing the gender discrimination is really very shocking to any reasonable mind.
A country going dry of female members
Have you ever seen in any country posters requesting to protect female children? In India, many organizations have come out with such posters. Recently an NGO called SMILE has come out with an awareness message telling the people, “Imagine advising your son eligible for marriage not to get married as there are not enough girls available to find a match for him. In some parts of India, there is only one girl available for every group of 15 boys eligible for marriage.”
Government is taking all measures
The central government of India is taking many steps to curtail these gender discrimination practices. Yet, gender ratio in many states in the country is very discriminative. State governments take steps to safeguard the welfare of women. The state of Haryana, where the sex ratio of women is very low, set up a Corporation in 1987 for the development of women in the state and to promote activities for the development and advancement of women. They also undertake the task of socioeconomic and health development of women.
Alarming difference in sex ratio
Birth of a girl baby is considered as a curse to the family. Preference or sons over daughters has been a culture in the country. This can be seen clearly in the demographic statistics fo India. According to the 2011 Census, the sex ratio in Haryana state is 877 females per 1,000 males.
Adverse results are already leading to social problems
The great variation in sex ratio is already creating social problems in the country.
1) Female foeticide and infanticide in Haryana have reduced the number of girls. Jat youths in the state are unable to get brides in their state. They travel from Haryana state thousands of kilometers across the country in search of brides.
2) The shortage of women forces the men to to break culture, language and caste barriers to find suitable brides elsewhere in the country.
3) Girls are forced to marry before 18 and sometimes they are forced to marry very elderly men. Age difference between husband and wife is more than 10 years. It causes further psychological problems.
4) Men in the state become psychologically perverted which leads to many crimes. Sex abuse, rape and other crimes are increasing day by day.
Going against nature for selfish reasons is always dangerous. Balance in gender ratio only can build up a healthy society. Female infanticide and female foeticide will definitely affect the whole humanity.