Why kill daughters?

They are as valued as our sons



Jammu and Kashmir, the state once known with no instance of female feticide is now already into it. The recent statistics by Census Department in 2011 were shocking. The data show that the child sex ratio (0 to 6 years of age) has fallen from 941 in 2001 to 859 in 2011. A decade earlier when we wouldn't abort our female babies, why now?
`Whosoever comes here for delivery wants a boy, no one is willing to have a daughter. There is hardly anyone who is happy on the birth of a daughter'. Thus said a nurse from Lal Ded Hospital Srinagar. The growing unwillingness of parents to have a girl child is alarming. Over the years, it has become common in our state to see expecting couples determine the gender of the off-spring, and many of them aborting the child in case that happens to be a girl.
The female feticide is a heinous act. It is nauseating to deny someone a birth. In our lives, all of us must have heard the proverb that a child is a gift from God. But I don’t know why it seems to be a fallacy if that child happens to be a girl. Every now and then we see couples praying to be blessed with a child, but if they are blessed with a girl child, they are dismayed. The blessing becomes a curse and they try to do away with it as soon as possible. The mindset of people is very harsh on girls. Many people are believed to do away with girls because of the poverty. But a question that stares us in the face, `do boys grow up on their own'? The answer is an obvious no. Some people do away with a daughter with a silly excuses that they can’t afford to marry her in the future and can’t afford the dowry. But why you need to kill your daughter for a social nuisance? The questions remain there but the answers are nowhere. Female feticide has been going on in private nursing homes and the government has failed to check the crime.
According to reports, one out of seven female babies is being eliminated inside mother’s womb in Jammu district alone. If the trend continues, districts like Kathua, Samba, Jammu, Udhampur and Reasi in particular would witness a steep decline in sex ratio in the coming years.
Female feticide is a crime which must be severely punished. Decline in sex ratio is an alarming concern. But the state government has failed to implement J&K Preconception and Prenatal Sex Selection/Determination (Prohibition and Regulation) Act 2002 in letter and spirit. Though government started many campaigns for social awareness against the social nuisance but people also need to step forward to put an end to such an ugly social practice. Let's not kill our daughters, they are as precious as our sons. Let them live.

(Abid Hussain Rah
pursues engineering at SSM College of Engineering & Technology. Contact 9596403858)

Lastupdate on : Fri, 7 Dec 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Fri, 7 Dec 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Sat, 8 Dec 2012 00:00:00 IST

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