Gender Equality; A Farce
As per the recent Economic survey reports, despite all the social awareness campaigns and drives to end sex selection, the love for sons is still very much rooted in India. As per the records, there are over 21 million 'unwanted girls' in India, who often receive poor nourishment and less schooling than their brothers. We have been witnessing and going through this milieu since ages and this is the dreary truth which has been universally acknowledged. The most staggering fact is that nothing seems to have changed at all.
As per the Economic Survey 2017-18 released on 29 Jan, Indian parents opt to have children till they have the desired number of sons. This is the first such estimate of endemic discrimination resulting from a strong son preference as the survey calls it 'meta preference’. Since it not only avoids sex-selective abortion but also hurts female children by reducing the resources available to them.
According to the World Health Organization, the sex ratio is considered to be 1.05. This means that at birth, on an average, there are 105 males for every 100 females. Even though sex selection is against the law, illegal gender-based abortions have been blamed for a sex ratio of 940 females for every 1,000 males in the last census. Couples, particularly women, in India face immense pressure to produce male children. In fact, many rural families do not even send girls to school and marry them off young.
Some cultural reasons for son preference like property passing on to sons but not daughters; families of girls having to pay dowries to see their daughters married and women moving it’s their husband's house after getting married etc. still persist in our country. But when will our land become a favorable place for the girl children to live? When will our society learn to understand that girls deserve a worth life worth living like any boy in this country? Let us not shackle her because she is not capable enough of conquering the world. Give her a chance to prove and then comment on her sexuality.