Updated on 5 July 2023 IST | Female Foeticide is a curse to society and a huge barrier on the road of women empowerment. Particularly in countries like India where the status of women are equal to men but only in books.
What is Female Foeticide?
It’s the killing of the girl fetus after determining its gender with the help of technological advancement.
Causes of Female Foeticide
Daughters, in a country like India are viewed as “BURDEN”, because people feel that the financial liability of raising a daughter is too high. When thought in terms of financial liability, it becomes clear that this liability does not arise from fulfilling a girl child’s nutritional needs and education, but from her marriage especially dowry and other post marital rituals and also from the violence like ‘RAPE’ and ‘Molestation’ inflicted upon women, maintenance of family reputation and so on. Let us read the blog to know about the problem and the solution to it.
How can we imagine a world without women?
There are so many examples where women have overpowered men, in almost all the fields. For example the eloquence of sage Gargi was astonishing, the devotion and sacrifice of Meera bai, the achievements of Kalpana Chawla who was the first Indian astronaut in space and many more. The list is never exhausting. In our country, people look upon a son as an “Asset” and a daughter as a “Liability” for various reasons such as:
- A son can carry forward the family lineage.
- A son can earn a living for a family
- A son can take care of the parents in old age
- A son can undertake the cremation and final rites of the deceased family members and the list goes on.
By the end of the 20th century and the beginning of the 21st century, technological advancements in medical science made it easier to identify any medical issues and Gender of the unborn child. This advancement called as (Ultrasound Sonography) was supposed to be used to protect the child and parents from sufferings that would fall upon them after the child would be born with major illnesses. When this technology came to India, the ‘Demonic Daughter Killers’ used it to identify the gender of the unborn child and kill it, if it is a female.
It is really a sorry state for our country because daughters are killed even before they could open their eyes in this world. People find it “Convenient” to spend Rupees 500 in the present than Rs 5 Lakh in the future.
Female Foeticide: Steps and Facts by GOI
According to the Census (2011) data there is a decline in the Child Sex Ratio (CSR). It’s actually the number of girls for every 1000 boys between the ages of 0 and 6. Its value in 2011 was 918. In 1961 the same data was 976. This data clearly indicates that Female Foeticide is taking place in the society. In India, the government has declared identifying and disclosing the gender of the unborn child as illegal and it invites punishment under Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques Act, 2004. Government has tried to implement a lot of policies such as the Integrated Child Development scheme, National Nutritional policy (1993), the Mid-Day Meal scheme and so on. However, the success rate is very low.
True Spiritual Knowledge is The Remedy
On a spiritual level, according to the knowledge in Vedas, Bhagwad Geeta, Garud Puran and holy books of other religions, killing any living being is a heinous sin and the culprit soul encounters grave punishment for this. If people could be made aware about the way a soul is tormented in hell, this crime can be controlled.
With the help of spiritual knowledge, the wedding ceremony can be made simple by eliminating unnecessary rituals and making the entire activity affordable to even a common man. Also complete elimination of dowry could be of great help to get the society rid of this evil crime.
What are the Solutions to Female Infanticide?
A question arises in the mind of the people that how can we prevent the female Foeticide? In India, Sant Rampal ji Maharaj has been making efforts in this regard for the last two decades and the result is astonishing. He has laid certain rules and norms to become His disciple and these have to be followed strictly. His disciples don’t differentiate between the genders, treat all genders equally. He has restricted His disciples from any give and take of ‘Dowry’ completely. He has also laid restrictions on unnecessary rituals before, during and post wedding. Sant Rampal ji Maharaj has taught His disciples that whatever you do becomes your Karma and no one would bear the fruits of it, but you.
He shows the path of the true way of worshiping the Supreme God Kabir which leads to contentment and finally Salvation. Because of this, many poor families have been able to get their daughters married without any worries of dowry and other financial burdens that a wedding generally lays upon a girl’s parents. To know how the people give up the thought of marital rituals and dowry altogether, one will have to listen to the spiritual discourses of Sant Rampal ji Maharaj which are aired on many international T.V. channels Sadhna TV Channel. Truly, Spiritual knowledge imparted by Sant Rampalji Maharaj has been doing a wondrous job in this regard as it is helping to bring up the survival rates of a girl child and has given her “Right to Live”.