Female Foeticide

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female foeticide/ infanticide
The term female foeticide means killing the female foetus in the mother's womb. How cruel? The practice has been followed in India for ages, a country that once described its women as godessess. For this reason, Indian women will soon get extinct. Surprised? The most active part is being played by the women themselves -- why? Just for the mere want of a boy, mothers don't feel bad in strangulating their daughters in their wombs. Can anyone be more cruel? In India, sex ratio stands at a paltry 933:1000, i.e., 67 women short of every 1,000 males. Can you imagine how bad the situation is -- in the coming times, the boys of this country will have to stand single because there will be no girls. However, ever
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National Girl Child Day – The Voice of Tomorrow
Forty Six years ago, on January 24, India got her First Lady Prime Minister - Mrs. Indira Gandhi. The nation of male dominance stood standstill in the awe of the power of this one lady whose determination spoke volumes. Today, India stands high in the race of urbanization but in the genre of social development, it is away behind. It is an irony in this country that where mother is worshipped as Mother Divine, there is domestic violence. In a country where ‘Kumari Puja’ is done, there is female foeticide.

It is in this need to raise public awareness, the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government declared to observe January 24 as the ‘National Girl Child Day’ in 2009. “This day will be celebrated every year till there is a gender balance in the country and till the time we match the required sex ratio,” said Renuka Chowdhury, then Minister of State for Women and Child Development1.

According to a United Nations survey in 2007, about 2000 unborn girls are illegally aborted each day in India. The national average of sex ratio is 927 females to 1000 males with states like Punjab (799) and Delhi (850) being the worst2. With this fearing declining rate, the gender gap seems difficult to be achieved. The importance of the Girl Child should be on the national agenda for nation building and the

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