Monday, August 13, 2007

Gender cleansing

Just think about it… One out of every ten girls in India is killed at the time of birth.
-> For every nine girls we see, there was an infant who was murdered in her mom's womb just because she was a 'girl'.
-> Sex ratio in India has declined from 945/1000 in 1991 to 927/1000 in 2001… In states like Punjab, its as low as 790/1000!! (and given the fact that every family in Punjab has one male member outside the country - this ratio would actually be ~500/1000!!!!

We talk about ethnic cleansing of Jews by Nazis, ethnic cleansing of Hindus in Kashmir… what would you call this? Gender cleansing… We are so proud of our close-knit 'protective' family culture, but choose to turn a blind-eye to such gross inhumanities. Practices which have become so engrained in our system that nobody seems to mind them anymore. Its taken as casually as an unfortunate road accident - "oh-its-sad-but-its-all-part-of-life" kind of attitude…

We all know that every third medical lab in the locality does 'it', but no action is taken against them. Why? It’s a murder for Gods' sake!!!

What happens to our sense and sensiblities that we commit murder of our own children? In the rural areas the local 'dais' do this job -"killing the newborn girls by giving them a sharp jerk, that is, turning them upside-down and snapping their spinal cords, and then declaring them stillborn."… doesn’t that send a shiver down your spine?!... It does right? So we in urban areas have chosen smoother ways of escaping our guilt. In cities, medical 'professionals' help us make this murder easier. Educated young parents enter the local medical labs and ask their unborn baby girl to be killed. Few hours in the lab and with almost negligible pain (and negligible guilt), its all done…

Medical profession should be ashamed of systematically wiping 1/10th of the girl population year-after-year. Doctors are supposed to be the 'protectors' of life, they are regarded as Gods - and THEY for few thousand rupees take away an innocent human life. Don’t they feel GUILTY? Shouldn’t THEY feel guilty?

Shouldn't WE ALL feel guilty for turning a blind eye to all this?? Oh, so you think you are not part of this? Ah, so who made that sad face on hearing that her sister has given birth to another girl… And who was the one who agreed that her daughter should leave the studies so that her son can go to a public school… And who was the one who scoffed at the dowry gifts from her sister-in-law's side… and who was the one feeling 'superior' for having a son after looking at her neighbour's three daughters…

All these 'seemingly' small things are the reflection of our rotten minds and our perspective towards gender issues. Our attitudes shape our behavior - all these tiny little things add up to the reason why our 'great Indian' society has been murdering the girl child by the millions. Remember, society is made up of individuals. So do you really think that you can’t do anything about it? ASK YOURSELF AGAIN

4 comments:

my perspectives...my choices...my reasons...my... said...

one can atleast avoid having more children in preference for a male child

I me myself said...

To tell you frankly, its a personal decision to have more than 'n' number of children. But the important point is whether the couple will be able to raise all 'n' in fair, equal and best possible manner.

Also, the 'reason' why a couple wants to have a 'male' child indicates their thoughts on the issue.... The ones who think that 'men are superior' and male child are 'necessary to forward the name of the clan' etc... will be the first ones to trim the freedom/ luxuries of their daughters if it comes at the expense on the freedom/ luxuries of their male 'heir'.

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