Proud to be an Indian ? read this. (via IHT) Up to 10 million female fetuses may have been aborted in India over the past two decades following prenatal gender checks, according to a study published in Britain’s leading medical journal, the Lancet. So what do we do ?
I am waiting to hear from our scientist President on his next stupid advice or some motherhood statement like “all couples should now have girls “. Gorbachev whom I truly admire once said “man fighting nature leads to man fighting man”. This is my biggest fear. In 10 years we will have more than 20 million men who cannot have brides unless we import them from Africa. No European or Chinese, who by the way have a similar problem are going to marry the men at the bottom of the pyramid in looks and capability. The testerone levels will go out of control leading to higher rates of crime many of them targeted at women. We have had such a good record at protecting the Tiger that this battle seems to be lost before it has begun. We need immediate ban on all sex determination tests not only in cities but all over India. Napoleon quoted that 2 things drive people, fear and motivation. We have to choose the path of fear this time. Every fetus will become a national asset once conceived, every abortion will become a murder ( I cannot say that please murder only male fetuses to improve the ratio ). Doctors charged with checking the fetus for expecting couples should be given life sentence or suspended from professional practice in super fast high priority trials. Every girl child born should be tracked by a national database till marriage, Mr Kalam can definitely add some suggestions here. So fellow citizens wake up for it will not be a nuclear bomb from Pakistan, we all so much fear that will destroy us in a second but a Boy bomb that will create a society that will be difficult to live in and gradually kill us anyway. Full report below.
Fewer daughters have been born to couples who have not yet had a boy, according to the study’s report published in the Lancet on Monday. The journal said researchers studied data on female fertility from a continuing Indian national survey of 6 million people in 1.1 million households.
Analyzing information about 133,738 births, the researchers found couples were less likely to have a girl as a second child if their first child was a girl and that the deficit in the number of girls born as a second child was more than twice as great among educated mothers than among illiterate ones.
Based on the natural gender ratio from other countries, they estimated that 13.6 million to 13.8 million girls should have been born in 1997 in India. However, 13.1 million were reported, the Lancet said.
“We conservatively estimate that prenatal sex determination and selective abortion accounts for 0.5 million missing girls yearly,” the study said.
“If this practice has been common for most of the past two decades since access to ultrasound became widespread, then a figure of 10 million missing female births would not be unreasonable,” it said. Ultrasound, used to check a fetus’ health, can also find out its gender. In India, fetal sex determination and medical termination of pregnancy on the basis of a fetus’ gender have been illegal since 1994 .
“However, there was ample published evidence of rampant sex determination and female feticide,” it said. The preference for boys has skewed the gender ratio in India, a nation of more than 1.06 billion people. The number of girls per 1,000 boys declined in the country from 945 in 1991 to 927 in 2001, according to government census-takers.
Many people in India regard daughters as a liability because they traditionally belong to future husbands’ families. The custom of dowry prevails in India, and many families borrow money for gifts to the husband’s family.