This refers to your write-up “Government relaunches scheme to improve girl child ratio”. It is an irony that female deities are worshipped and women in general often subjugated. It reveals the fact that a healthy male-female ratio is a social need. It is shocking to learn that the educated and affluent resort to sex-selective abortions in larger numbers. The issue here is not just about mere numbers but human values. It is reported that one of the root causes for the evil practice of female foeticide is the dowry system. Inspite of attempts made by the media and the government to highlight the negative impact of pre-natal sex identification and selective abortion, the practice continues as reflected in the declining sex ratio. One wonders why, even after the alarming decline in child sex ratio, no political party has initiated any programme to save the girl child. The inability of the education system in doing away with the marked preference for a male child is sad. It is to be kept in mind that women are equally competitive in all spheres. All talk of woman empowerment will be rendered hollow if girls are killed even before entering the world. Only monetary incentives and social benefits will make a girl child an asset to the family.
Vinod C. Dixit
(The views expressed by the author in the article are his/her own.)