Blog for Change this weekend: Female Foeticide

Posted on May 12, 2012


In African she is called as Moeder or Ma, in Arabic Ahm, in Croatian Mati or Majka, in Czech Abatyse, In dutch Moer, in Indonesian Induk or Ibu, In Italian Madre, In Japanese Okaasan or Haha, in Latin Mater, in Persian Madr or Maman, In Spanish Madre, in Turkish Anne, In Engilsh Mother or Mama or Mom and I call her “Maa”.

We may call her with different names depending on the parts of this world we live in or language we speak; but her love for us always remains unchanged.  The thing that really hurts me, we all are happy seeing our mother happy & healthy; but not many of us ever realize that, what’s happening with some of the mothers across the world. What they are going through in order to give birth to a boy rather than a girl. Yes I am talking about “Female Foeticide”.

Female foeticide (Feticide) means killing the female foetus (Fetus) in the mother’s womb.

How it all started-

In India it all started in the 90s. When India was dealing with the rapid growth of population and the ultrasound technique became available to the medical field in India. So Government itself supported and promoted infanticide to control population growth.  I am not sure if it helped India in controlling the population or not, but it worked in a negative way for sure. Those people who are having the tendency to produce babies until they give birth to a boy; now found a tool for their cause. Many ill minded people started killing girl infants; as they wanted only boys in their homes. Now the industry of illegal sex determination and abortion reached to Rs. 1,000 crore industries (US$ 244 million)

Why this kind of Mind Set-

Still some people consider Sons are really important in completion of a family. They believe without a son a family can never be complete.

This is because-

  • The sons are the ones who will continue their surname and will perform the last rites of their parents when they are dead.

Not only rural or illiterate people are involved in this; the disappointing thing is that educated & reach people who live in big cities are also involved in this sex determination and abortion process.

Statistical Analysis-

  • In1991, the figure was 947 girls per 1000 boys. In 2001 it was 927 girls per 1000 boys and in 2011 it was 911 girls per 1000 boys.

Child Ratio In India

  • And in the last 10 years the overall sex ratio changed from 933 females per 1000 males in 2001 to 940 females per 1000 males in 2011.The main reason behind this increase in female ratio is the improvements of health care across the various parts of the world.

Female Male Ratio In India

How It’s Affecting the Society-

As the stats are showing- 940 females for 1000males. It means there are 50 females short per 1000 males. Now if will take a bigger picture by converting this ratio as per the 1.1 billion population of India; we can realize the scenario. People are not getting enough girls to get married in some part of this world.

Now this is giving birth to problems like “Human trafficking”.

Human trafficking-

Human Trafficking is a crime against humanity. It involves an act of recruiting, transporting, transferring, harboring or receiving a person through a use of force, coercion or other means, for the purpose of exploiting them.

India has a large population and due to unbalanced economy many people live below the poverty line. The traffickers promise them a better life- a ray of hope, jobs as domestic servants, in the film world or in factories. They can offer them money, pleasure trip invitations or false promises of marriage.

Young people who live in rural areas from various states who are not getting married due to shortage of girls, are now going to neighbor villages in order to bring girls with the promise of marriage and by giving some money to their families, who live below poverty line. Then that person & his family member make her life hell by making her work as a domestic servant and all the unmarried men exploiting her physically.

It’s started in very few states of India, which needs to be controlled with implementation of some kind of law or by opening help lines to help these women or creating awareness to work towards achieving a better sex ratio.

This is not a problem only in world,but  it’s a problem in this whole planet.

Human Trafficking In Persons Report Map, 2009.

Human Trafficking In Persons Report Map, 2009. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Trafficking In Persons Report Map 2010

Trafficking In Persons Report Map 2010 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Trafficking of women, children and men

Trafficking of women, children and men (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

What I have to Say-

We have a tendency to blame our government for whatever happening in our society; rather than looking at ourselves. And this “Female Foeticide” is one of those things, for which we the people are more responsible that the people who are part of the government. Yes they are some how responsible in not able to stop these things by creating awareness. But for me the culprit are me, you & all those people who live in this planet; who close eyes when they see something like this happening in the society we live in.  We just need to realize what’s going through a women when someone ask her to abort; it’s not about the pain she had to go through, but it’s the pain of having a feeling of killing her own child which kills her till the last breathe. I am not going to say I hope things will change; rather I will say Things will change and we will make them change.

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This is the quote, I came across through WordPress while I posted this one. I thought of sharing it with you all-

“My ideas usually come not at my desk writing but in the midst of living.” –Anais Nin

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