What kind of parents-of-sons do parents who kill, abandon or abort baby-girls make? Does their preference for male children (and their reasons for the preference) reflect in their reactions to things like respect for women, dowry, bride burning, street sexual harassment, domestic violence and female infanticide etc? Are they likely to pass on these attitudes to the sons they raise?
These parents avoided having girl children because they expected to benefit in some way from choosing to have male children? Do they feel cheated when they see the law or the society trying to deny them, say, dowry?
– Why exactly do Indian parents want only male children? Would they abort baby girls if having sons did not mean – obedient, hard working and dependant daughters in law; dowry; and/or male-grand-children?
What are the chances of their expecting these male children to be of ‘benefit’ to them? Do those reasons make them good parents in a society where baby girls are still being born and raised?
Do you think Indian parents who do not want to have daughters would make good parents of sons?
Roshan D shared this link – what do you think?
Why Indian parents should be allowed to choose whether to have girls – Atanu Dey
….In Indian families, as in other agrarian societies, there is a preference for boys over girls. The desire essentially boils down to economics. Boys are more valuable because they can earn more, the accumulated savings are retained in the family across generations, and are a source of old age security for the parents. Investment in boys, in other words, has a higher rate of return.
Girls have lower earnings compared to boys, leave the family when they get married, and what is worse, the family has to pay a dowry to get them married.
…The preference for boys over girls is a rational response to the prevailing social and economic conditions… [To read more click here]