If we did not have the option of banning sex selection, how do you think would we deal with the skewed gender ratio? Do you think maybe then we would be forced take an honest and serious look at why Indian families do not want to have and to raise girl children?
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Here are some thoughts and I wanted your perspective:
I have seen TATA – Jaago Re episode on female foeticide where it was suggested that there should be a law against aborting girl-child. I disagree with it firstly on ethical grounds, that this law differentiates between the life of a girl-child and a male-child. And secondly, I believe that forcing parents to have unwanted children would only result in the children suffering throughout. I sometimes wonder if people who treat female foeticide as an isolated issue see women as human beings or are only worried that future generation men will not have enough slaves to marry (and f*** with). I don’t see the point of forcing parents to give birth to unwanted girl children, if the parents are going to abandon them/ sell them to a brothel/ ‘marry them off’ before even they reach adulthood: basically if parents are going to deprive them of human rights anyway. If the objective is to produce more girl children so that more men can be served, without taking into account that girls/women are human beings with their own wishes, aims, aspirations and dreams which don’t necessarily align with serving her husband (or even having a husband), I can hardly empathize with this attitude. I think if we as a country/society cannot give women freedom and dignity which are rightfully theirs, we have no right to ask for more women to be born. It’s like masters allowing slaves to reproduce so that their children will in turn become slaves. I am not saying we shouldn’t have campaigns against female feoticide, but everyone of those should mention that all human rights apply to girl children apart from being just born. These campaigns cannot isolate gender inequality from female foeticide.