A government report last year showed that 63 million women are disappearing from Indias total population. Pictures Newsweek website
According to Newsweeks website, 216 babies have been born in the Atakash region of North Akand State in northern India in the past three months. Strangely, none of them have a girl. The incident alerted the Indian government and began to investigate the reasons.
Some social workers believe that the data reflect the prevalence of local selective abortion. It is understood that some poor areas in India have a bad habit of discriminating against women - local people believe that women can not become a labor force. If a daughter is born, it will lead to poverty in the family. Therefore, if we know that the fetus is female, some families will choose abortion privately.
All along, the Indian government has been working to eradicate this bad habit, and has introduced a number of relevant policies. But this time in the Atakashi region, or triggered public doubts about the implementation of these policies.
216 boys were born in 132 villages, but not one girl.
According to reports, the incident mainly occurred in the Atakash region of North Akand State, India. According to statistics, 216 boys and no girls have been born in 132 villages in the past three months. Its no accident that so many villages have not had a baby girl in three months, social worker Karpana Takur said in an interview. This figure reflects the prevalence of abortion among girls in the region. Although the government has relevant laws and regulations, they are not effective in practice.
In order to maintain the gender balance of the population, the Indian government promulgated a law in 1994 prohibiting selective abortion. Even so, selective abortion is still prohibited in many parts of India, especially in some places. Many families consider that if they give birth to girls, they should prepare high dowry when they get married in the future. If you have a boy, you can not only avoid dowry, but also make money for your family.
The statistical report in Atakash made the local government very nervous, and medical institutions quickly convened emergency meetings to study countermeasures. The local top official, Akihu Chahan, said: It is necessary to understand the causes of the serious imbalance between men and women in the new-born babies, and to focus on strengthening the supervision of the Atakash region. In the future, more detailed investigations will be carried out to study the countermeasures.
It is understood that there has never been a large-scale selective abortion in the Atakash region before. The statistical results of the birth of a baby girl in 132 villages are shocking. Parliamentarian Gopal Rawat of North Akand ordered the states health authorities to investigate the causes of this worrying statistical result.
More like sons, 63 million Indian women disappear
According to the 2011 India National Conditions Survey, from 1971 to 2011, the ratio of boys to girls aged 0-6 in India changed from 1,000 to 964 to 1,000 to 914; in the 10 years before 2011, the trend spread in more than two-thirds of India. Even in big cities, the problem is equally serious. In 2011, the ratio of boys to girls in New Delhi was 1,000 to 871, one of the lowest in the country. The United Nations Population Fund reports that in some states in northern India, the gender gap among children is as high as 1,000 (male): 850 (female).
In 2011, the Lancet, the leading British medical journal, published a study that estimated that as many as 12 million female fetuses in India had died of selective abortion in the previous 30 years. According to a survey published by the Indian government in 2018 on the sex ratio of the national population, about 63 million women are disappearing from the total population of India. In terms of boys are more desirable than girls, Indian society as a whole sees the need to change that view.
Faced with the serious imbalance between men and women in China, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched a campaign in 2015 to call on people to change their traditional preference for boys over girls, refuse selective abortion and ensure that girls are educated. On January 22, 2015, Modi launched the Save Daughters and Educate Daughters campaign in Haryana, one of the most serious areas of gender imbalance in India. Faced with a female-dominated audience, he said: In our society, girls are usually killed in the womb of their mothers, but we are indifferent. We have no right to kill our daughter. As Prime Minister, I appeal to you to save the girls life.
The Government of India has identified 100 areas where the gender imbalance among children is the most serious, ranging from 1,000 to 875 to 1,000 to 837. These areas will be the focus of the campaign to save and educate daughters. Measures include strengthening law enforcement, prohibiting selective abortion and increasing girlsschool attendance.
It is argued that the participation of Indian men is indispensable for such a campaign to be effective. In a male-dominated society, only mens active participation can contribute to the equality of men and women in India.
Source: Red Star News Responsible Editor: Li Wan_B11284