Save the girl child in IndiaIn the last two decades in India, 5 crore girls did not survive past the age of 6. It’s high time we stopped tolerating this. When the 2011 Census of India revealed that we only had 919 girls to every 1000 boys, it shook everyone. It is a record that is the worst since Independence. The rate of decline in the decades since the 90’s, often touted as one of high growth, has been the steepest of all; by 31 points.
India’s missing girlsIn absolute numbers, 7000 girls go missing every day in India. Urban or rural, rich or poor, preference for a son over a daughter is frighteningly pervasive in our society. But it is the rampant misuse of ultrasound centres, and now fertility clinics, in determining the sex of the foetus and the subsequent elimination of girls are believed to be the most important cause of this steep fall.
Advance in technology threatening rights of girl childAdvances in science and technology originally meant to provide appropriate health care to expectant mothers are being manipulated to satisfy this desire for a son. Availability of cheap technology, but most of all complicity of authorities have allowed this flourishing illegal practice to permeate into rural areas as well, turning this into a national crisis.
Protect the girl childIt is important to recognize that the dismal Child-Sex-Ratio (number of girls to every 1000 boys between the age brackets of 0-6 years) is yet another brutal manifestation of the larger system of patriarchy combined with the unbridled culture of greed. However, it is time we moved beyond merely acknowledging this issue. Time has now come to make the government, its institutions even more accountable while also awakening the collective conscience of this society to act upon all forms of injustice.
Help end violence against women and girls
issue being addressed
Declining child-sex ratio (number of girls to every 1000 boys between the age brackets of 0-6 years)
Misuse of ultrasound centres, and now fertility clinics, in determining the sex of the foetus and the subsequent elimination of girls
Asserting women’s and girls’ rights as Human Rights: ideas of social justice and gender equality
Fighting the evils of patriarchy – a system that believes men are superior to women – socially, culturally, politically and economically.