Women in India Essay

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Women in India

In the streets of India one finds increasingly fewer little girls. You can look in classrooms, streets, and homes to notice that the number of female children is in fact, diminishing. Although a female minority is not a new thing in India, the percentage of women to men has declined steeply. Radhika Balakrishnan reports that national censuses show the sex ratio went from 972 women for every 1000 men in the year 1901 to 936 women for every 1000 men in the year 1981. This number continued to decline to 927 per 1000 in 1991. It is not that female babies are less frequently conceived or more susceptible to disease, but rather that they are killed upon birth, or in some cases not born at all. Modern ultrasonic
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It has been estimated that there are some 11.2 million abortions per year, of which 6.7 million are induced. In rural areas there are 3 illegal abortions for every legal one, and in urban locations that number can be as high as 5. The large number of abortions is reflected in the ratio of girl children to boy children. Although the national girl-boy ratio is 927:1000, it can be as low as 796:1000 in some states.

People commonly ask what someone's stance on abortion is. In itself the question is hard to address. There are always so many different situations that need to be taken into account and it is not a very pleasant topic to begin with. It is not as if anyone is ever going to answer with great conviction, "Yes, I am for it. I like it and I think that it is a great thing for society and a proper method of birth control." Instead, the views usually range from, "Well, I don't like the idea of it, but I can sympathize with patients who turn to it and find it perfectly acceptable," to, "NO! It is wrong and there are no exceptions!" I have always considered myself to be on the pro-choice side of the argument with the opinion that every woman has the right to do what she wants to her body. But in this special situation I feel infuriated

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