Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Women Population Question


A Nation without Women

Female infanticide is a phenomenon in three countries in the world: India, China and Korea. Female infanticide is an evil practised largely in these countries. If the rate of female infanticide is not curbed at today’s level, India would turn a ‘nation without women’ in 2,100. The male-female ratio has sizeably decreased in the decade 1991 – 2001. U.N. also has focused upon this fact in India. The ration between males and females has been declining in India for the past fifty years. It was 1000 : 945 in 1991 and 1000 : 925 in 2001. 20 percent of female infants die before completing five years.

When compared to Southern states Northern states have a much lower decrease in the female infants number. This phenomenon can be attributed to the invent of scanning in medical centres. In Northern parts of the country scanning centres had come in to scene in 1980 itself. But it happened only after 1990 in Southern states. The female infants which are killed in womb has increased in Southern India after 1990. The consequences of this trend will be lighted upon in 2011.

Shockingly Nathial in Andhra Pradesh has only 310 females for 1000 males. This rate in 549:1000 in Karnool in Karnataka, 682 : 1000 in Edappadi at Salem district of Tamilnadu and 879 : 1000 in Sikkodi of Karnataka. The average woman’s life in India is full of unbearable burdens. A husband cut his wife’s nose because she did not give birth to male child in Subihar at Uttar Pradesh. Another husband set fire to the stomach of his wife after finding that she was bearing a female foetus.

Female infants are killed not only by men, but also by women. They are forced by social custom and belief and pressure to take this decision. It happens not only in poor households, but also in rich people’s families. The male-female ratio has decreased in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Haryana and New Delhi also.

In China and Korea young men now a days have hardship to find brides for their marriage. In India male youngsters from Haryana, Gujarat, New Delhi and Punjab go in search of brides in Assam, Nepal and Bangaladesh. They give dowry to the parents of the bride. ‘One family; one child’ and ‘One family; one tree’ are the out-of-date slogans. Today’s reality is ‘One woman; one family’.

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