Sunday, 13 January 2013

The fate of Women and children in a male dominated World, the case of indian daughters

The hostility in the World is fast increasing. The weak ones are always and regularly manhandled. The victims are many a times, women and children. and the case of women, has and will always continue to raise alarm in societies where being a female is, unfortunately, regarded as a burden not only to the family but also to the society. These ugly situation is an urgent issue, mainly in every society with class and cast fragmentation.
In every society, it appears in one form or the order. In some, it appears in form child or women slavery, child labour, child soldier and infanticide. 
In Africa for example, it appears mainly in form of Child soldiers where children are forcefully incorporated into a troop for a total destruction of whatever they might lay their hands on. This inhuman act has mesmerized and rendered hundreds of thousand young Africans useless. they have been so brainwashed that killing becomes a game for them. What annoys most is that the World remains silent to such situation, thinking it concerns only a continent. This, we must all agree is a serious and the most dangerous challenge that the twenty first century has refused to address adequately.   
In Asian for example, it appears mainly on the form of infanticides or "foeticide".  The issue touches more India and China. Each of them for cultural or political reasons. In China, for example, the case of birth control, could be one of the reasons why having a female child might not be easily encouraged by certain families. This issue always has a secondary effect in the society, for when a particular group, be it boys or girls dominate, there is always going to be a scarcity of the of the other. Who knows if the recent continuous raping incident in India, might not be a side effect of such an act? 
Another serious cause is the customary dowry system that exist in India. According Suhas Chakma, the director of the Asian Centre for Human Rights: 
"The root cause is the dowry system where a girl who is born is seen as a burden for the family … the question is how does one enforce the law. The Medical Council of India is supposed to supervise the work done by the doctors [but] it has not suspended anyone to date for violations of ethical guidelines."
In fact, it is a serious issue that needed urgent attention if the world is not going to face a serious problem in the nearest future. Al Jazarel explores:

The 'genocide' of India's daughters

We ask if the patriarchal mindset that runs across castes and class can be changed to prevent foeticide and infanticide.
Supreme Court judges in India have summoned the health secretaries in seven states over a worrying fall in the number of young girls in India.
They are demanding details about clinics flouting the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques Act – to determine the sex of unborn babies – with potentially fatal consequences.
The judges are blaming what they call rampant foeticide and infanticide, and they say the mindset of parents and society need to change.
"The people [district medical officers] who are supposed to be enforcing the [Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques Act] they themselves have the same patriarchal mindset and they don't feel that it's wrong to kill a girl child in the desire for a boy, naturally they won't go and prosecute anybody. Add to it corruption [within the medical profession]."
- Mitu Khurana, a pediatrician and a women's rights activist
The UN children's charity UNICEF says the culture of favouring males in India is costing the lives of millions of young girls.
The agency says more than 2,000 illegal abortions are being carried out every single day, and it is dramatically altering the balance of the population.
It warns: "Decades of sex determination tests and female foeticide that has acquired proportions are finally catching up with states in India. This is only the tip if the demographic and social problems confronting India in the coming years."
Speaking in April 2011, Manmohan Singh, the Indian prime minister, called for a crusade against the widespread practice of foeticide and even further to just 914 girls for every 1,000 boys.
But that is just the average. The figures are far worse in some states.
"The main problem really is that parents don't want girl children. As long as that underlying societal attitude continues, it's very, very difficult especially in a country like India where all kinds of laws are not implemented properly and flouted, to find a purely legal solution to what is a societal problem."
- Sadanand Dhume, a fellow of the American Enterprise Institute
The 2011 census found there were 830 girls for every 1,000 boys in the northern state of Haryana. It was 846 in neighbouring Punjab state. And in the national capital territory of Delhi the figure was 866.
India has very strict abortion laws. Until 1971, terminating pregnancies was only allowed if the mother's life was at risk. Other exceptions were then allowed: for fetuses with potential birth defects; for babies conceived through rape; and for pregnancies in unmarried girls below 18. Continue in AlJazeera

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