Jul 20, 2009

Female foeticide=Runaway Brides?

Choosing a pink/blue carriage, nursery wall color are made easier thanks to sex determination available in the fifth-month scan (of course in the western world).

In India sex determination is against the law, I believe its a blessing.
Female feticide has been prevalent in the society-city or rural, it’s always a covert operation.
The statistics reports that the falling sex ratio of the country is a demographic disaster that is waiting to happen... Compared to 1991 when there were no districts having less than 800 girls per thousand boys, the census data of 2001 revealed that 16 districts are having sex ratios below 800 in the country.

Why are these statistics important?
Well, there's a reason we learn History--to make sure we try not to repeat the mistakes again. However, lessons can be learnt by comparing similar circumstances.

Thanks to China’s 30-year-old population-planning policy and customary preference for boys, the male-female ratio is 120:100.
The traditional thinking is best explained described in the ancient "Book of Songs" (1000-700 B.C.):
"When a son is born,
Let him sleep on the bed,
Clothe him with fine clothes,
And give him jade to play...
When a daughter is born,
Let her sleep on the ground,
Wrap her in common wrappings,
And give broken tiles to play..."

Ironically the illegal prenatal sex determination and sex-selective abortions have led to high bride-prices in China.

Except from the article
"China -- With no eligible women in his village, Zhou Pin, 27 years old, thought he was lucky to find a pretty bride whom he met and married within a week, following the custom in rural China.
Ten days later, Cai Niucuo vanished, leaving behind her clothes and identity papers. She did not, however, leave behind her bride price: 38,000 yuan, or about $5,500, which Mr. Zhou and his family had scrimped and borrowed to put together.
When Mr. Zhou reported his missing spouse to authorities, he found his situation wasn't unique. In the first two months of this year, Hanzhong town saw a record number of scams designed to extract high bride prices in a region with an oversupply of bachelors."

Guess, some lessons will be learnt the hard way.
(Reeling into future TOI headline: 'Runaway bride reported from Kurukshetra again. Bride-price and jewels worth 10crores missing')
Ok, maybe that's going too far. But you get the point.

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