Female Foeticide


The term FOETICIDE means killing the FOETUS in the mother’s womb. Female Foeticide is a
practice that removes the female foetus after 16 weeks of growth in the uterus. It is a very
regressive and shameful practice that is still happening in many parts of the world. In India, the
girl is worshipped as ‘Devi’ on the other hand, denying her existence, or we can say they don’t
have the right to live. The time has perhaps come to get rid of male chauvinism and treat children a gift of nature.


There are many reasons and beliefs that are going on in some families. Some main reasons for
female foeticide are:
 Firstly a major social evil of dowry makes people commit to this crime. There is a long
practice of dowry burdens the parents from the day a girl is born.
 This is a pride issue in society for the guardian to have a boy in the family.
 There is a stress on women of the family to give birth to a male child, so she is forced to
go for sex recognition and abort if the baby is a girl.
 Science and Technological advancement and utilities this straightforward task for parents.
 Some doctors do this heinous act for money.
 Women are viewed as liabilities.
 Illiteracy, insecurity, and poverty in society are significant reasons for this act.


It is said that God creates mothers because he couldn’t present everywhere. But it is unbelievable
to realize God’s representative is continuously killing someone beautiful even before she comes
out and see the beauty of nature. The government made many slogans to stop female feticide
like:
 Save the girl save the nation!
 Beti Bachao Beti padho!
 Our daughter is a knot that ties the family together!
 Female foeticide is a crime.
 When a foetus of a female is killed, it is anti-life; stop female foeticide!
 Say no to female foeticide!
The practice of female foeticide is vital in the early of 1990’s when the Ultrasound technique
was invented to check the health of the baby inside the mother’s womb, especially knowing the
genetic disorder, and this technique was being used for this crime. The misconceptions of Indian
patriarchal society have a male child, particularly in the family. This leads to the enhancement of
this crime. Some adverse effects of this practice are:
 Decrease the female’s population, which imbalance the sex ratio.
 Women are abused and sexually exploited in the society.
 It leads to women trafficking.
 Also, adverse effects on women’s health physically, mentally, and emotionally.
 The suicide rate in women will increase.
 Due to a decline in sex ratio, women are kidnapped, brought, and sold for marriage.
The destructive act of female foeticide and coercive abortions has to end before women become
endangered species. We must give equal opportunities to the daughters of our country. Girls do
not have equal access to healthcare education and more as their boys counterpart. This is why
parents consider them a burden. Therefore, all these facilities must be made accessible to them
for the same. This will help them create an identity of their own.

Aishwarya Says:

I have always been against Glorifying Over Work and therefore, in the year 2021, I have decided to launch this campaign “Balancing Life”and talk about this wrong practice, that we have been following since last few years. I will be talking to and interviewing around 1 lakh people in the coming 2021 and publish their interview regarding their opinion on glamourising Over Work.

If you are interested in participating in the same, do let me know.

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