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Is that enough?

9:11 AM

The 2011 census revealed that the girl/boy ratio has dipped even lower with 914 girl born for every 1000 boys, despite the move by the government to ban sex determination during an ultrasound. Previously the illegal clinic would be shut, the machine seized and that was it. Now it seems they are stepping up permanently seizing the machine, fining the clinic and 3 years in jail for the people performing the ultrasound. As told in this Times of India Article.

My question is: Is that enough? Clearly the previous ban hasn’t stopped people desperate enough to have no girl to get the bit of information they wanted, in fact it seems that the ratio is even more biased in the wealthiest States, and well off highly educated families are often the one who will at all cost avoid having a girl in the family as other articles have reported. I salute the move to punish clinics further indeed, but what bugs me more than anything is that the real culprits are the morons requesting the test to then terminate the life of a female foetus. They generally get away with this atrocity, now if they are as unethical as bribing a doctor with thousands of rupees in the first place for a piece of information that is illegal to know in the first place, and seek that information to potentially kill a live being for her sole mistake of lacking a penis…then they should be jailed as well if caught. Maybe if the families who are feeding the system are equally penalized and brought to justice, we will have hope for a better sex ratio at birth.
Now of course that will not be enough yet, because if all babies are born and let be, I bet there are a few more morons out there that will abandon girls, or mistreat them. Time to face the root of the problem, which lies in traditions, what exactly push people to not want a baby girl: Dowry at the time of marriage, women not being empowered to perform the last rite at her parent’s funeral, and the fact a girl leaves her parents home after marriage and won’t take care of them in their old age.
As long as you don’t change some of these traditions, people will not really see the point of even allowing a baby girl to live to see the world should they be able to afford the gender determination ultrasound and abortion that follows.
Dowry is illegal, and a girl reporting a dowry demand from her future in-law or in-laws can throw them in jail, there have been some case of courageous girls and their families bringing the groom’s family to justice brought to the media. But for these few girls, who were aware of their rights. how many aren’t? And how many girls family will rather pay dowry than fear loosing honour in their community for turning the groom’s family in? If it all boils down to honour in the end, what good a law is?
My take on this would be maybe for medias to start glorifying the girls and their families who abide by the law and lodge complaints in dowry case more and more, prise them, make them sang heroes of the news, local or national, praise them in serials and movies until the reporting such a petty criminal act is no longer taboo or tainted with dishonour. On the other side, educate girls, let them know the penal code has a lot of provision to protect them, empower them to be strong independent ladies.
As for the last rite? I won’t mess with religious rituals, but then allow me to make an observation dear.
DH has 2 brother no sister, and in all the functions that require a sister, be it on the 5th day of Diwali, the 12th day of life of a baby, it has become acceptable to ask a cousin, as distant as it has to be in some cases. So why not do it the other way round?
Still on the last rite though, I remember reading a few articles of girls taking the place of a son in one of their parent’s funeral and be supported by their families in doing so, so clearly, some don’t see the tradition as rigid to the point no alteration can be made to it.

All in all, if you want a clear change in the alarming sex ratio, punishing is one measure, and punishment should not be done only on the side of the provider, but the requester as well. But more important than all, you need to go to the root of the issue and see what causes the ill, and EDUCATE people about it. As heavy traditions are weighting, it is actually foolish everywhere to hang on to them simply because it has be done that way for centuries…
Centuries ago in Europe, a thief caught in the act had his hand cut to punish him for the crime, that was the tradition and law in middle age, as barbaric as it was. It evolved over time
as clearly today we no longer punish thieves that way…we have other ways that are more in line with the world we now live in…our ancestors should they be brought back to our time might call them ridiculous and full of dishonour, and the generations to follow us a few centuries in the future might call our fining and jailing a thief barbaric because they found a better way to deal with the issue…the key is to move with the time and do away with the old that might have had a very legit place in our world at a time but is becoming questionable today.
And when traditions push people to actually result to female foeticide, you know the time has come to do something about it and go for a change in mind-set.


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