In many countries in the SAARC Region the scenario of the girl child is gloomy and in despair. The hand that rocks the cradle, the procreator, the mother of tomorrow, is smothered of life even before she is born. A woman shapes the destiny of civilization, but ironically the girl child is today one of the gravest concerns facing humanity. Traditions and rituals outline the existence of the girl child. Amidst uproars of gender equality and law enforcement, female infants are still found dumped in trash, by the dozens, while unborn fetuses continue to be sniffed in the womb. Wrought with discrimination and prejudiced by rituals, our society has dealt the girl child a rough hand, starting even before birth.
The bias against a girl child is prevalent in some South Asian countries, especially in India and Pakistan. This social evil is deep rooted in Indian ethos and the most shocking fact is that the innovative and hard high end technologies are brutally killing the Indian girl child. Innovative techniques, like biopsy, ultrasound, scan tests and amniocentesis, devised to detect genetic abnormalities, are highly misused by number of families to detect gender of the unborn child. These clinical tests are highly contributing to the rise in genocide of the unborn girl child.
Sex-selective abortion is the practice of terminating a pregnancy based upon the predicted sex of the infant. The selective of female fetuses is most common in areas where cultural norms value male children over female children. Sex-selective abortion affects the —the relative number of males to females in a given age group. Studies and reports focusing on sex-selective abortion are predominantly statistical; they assume that birth sex ratio—the overall ratio of boys and girls at birth for a regional population, is an indicator of sex-selective abortion. This assumption has been questioned by some scholars. Scholars who support the assumption suggest that the expected birth sex ratio range is 103 to 107 males to females at birth. Countries considered to have significant practices of sex-selective abortion are those with birth sex ratios of 108 and above (selected abortion of females), and 102 and below (selective abortion of males).
Female feticide is both a national problem and a social evil. It’s unbelievable that the urge for a boy-child makes them so cruel that they dare to kill the yet to be born. The possible causes for the problem: low position of women, desire for boy-child among some sections of our society, extreme poverty, social evil of dowry system and illiteracy.
To save the girl child women need to be empowered. A woman has every right to give birth to a baby. The girl child is a blessing of God. Every citizen of civilized society should be made aware of the fact that a girl child is as important as a boy child. If she gets the right opportunity, she can provide economic support to the family and help them to come out of poverty level. Education raises the consciousness of a person. The mental pattern in favour of society should be transformed. This is the time for historic changes in the society. The girl child is not only unsafe inside her mother’s womb, even after her birth, she has to face various hardships because of gender inequality. We must save the girl child after her birth as well. We belong to the modern generation of humanity. We seek an environment where every human-being is considered free. We seek an environment where every unborn child is welcomed without any gender bias.
So let us take a pledge and save the girl child.