The patriarchal framework of India usually gets in the way of power equations between males and females. Even though, the legal system specifies equal rights for everyone, regardless of gender. The imbalance of worthiness between the male and female gender is the primary reason for female foeticide and infanticide; it takes place in a society where the girl child is deemed as a liability against a male child who is looked upon as an asset. This is why it is important that we collectively save girl child. Often, the girl child is victim to several forms of discrimination like gender bias, deep-rooted prejudices, and discrimination. Even with the spread of education and economic development, there are cases of physical and mental abuse surfacing every day.
It is heartbreaking to know that The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has accepted that illicit abortions continue to increase and thousands of women die every year because of complications that arise from unsafe abortions. It’s sad to note that the ethical culpability attached to the riddance of the girl child after she is born is not equally felt if the child is killed in the womb.
Female foeticide has intensified with the progression in science and technology. Copious up-to-date techniques provide the possibility of selecting the sex of the foetus. It is, therefore, important that we come together to save girl child and preserve her. The launch and enactment of the Pre-conception and Pre- Natal Diagnostic Techniques (Prohibition of Sex Selection) Act of 1994 (PC & PNDT Act) has witnessed a reduction in the female foeticide rates, but we have a very long way to go!
A recent initiative of the Government is Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao (save girl child, educate girl child) aims to dynamically engage and persuade people to save girl child and protect her at all costs. Additionally, it has also banned the sex-determination ultrasound, amniocentesis, and scan tests in hospitals and labs all over India to curb the evil of female infanticide.
As a community, we can begin to save girl child by raising awareness through education by connecting with NGOs that work towards a girl child’s betterment. Save the Children stands as one of the most noted foundations that have tirelessly worked to better the lives of girl children. Child support foundations like these have guaranteed that all children, no matter who they are, have a right to lead a wholesome, happy and fulfilling life. Save the Children was established in 1919 with a core thought – ‘Build a world in which every child attains the right to survival, protection, development, and participation.’ Now, it claims to have over 1,73,000 individual supporters, 36 corporate and 20 institutional (National and International) associates that support and help reach out to the most susceptive children, including girls, of the nation.
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