‘Mom Save Me’ – Is Someone Listening? This is the voice of a child who wants to see this world. The child who is getting scanned in an ultrasound centre for gender determination and won’t be surviving if not a boy. This is serious problem now and I am talking about female foeticide – one of many ill causes which exist in current evolving stage of human living.
This term in itself envelopes myriads of meanings, it smacks of the fact that a girl is killed before she is born, or we can say the foetus is pre-determined to be that of a female; completely acknowledges the fact the technology is privy to this horrible crime; not to forget the effort and heart of doctors who are involved in judging the foetus and following it by abortion. And still we call our India – land of equal opportunity and equal respect for both the genders. The numbers in census are shocking and with ratio of 773/1000 (girls/boys) in city like Chandigarh, 821/1000 in Delhi and 874/1000 in state of Punjab are bounds to give a shock.; Incredible India is still not able to understand harshness it is pushing the humanity into.
Guru Nanak once said “So Kyo Manda Aakhiye, Jit Jamhe Raajan” [Why to say bad to someone who gives birth to Kings]
One of the reasons which can be talked about is illiteracy but then again, not whole of India is illiterate. Government of India did pass a prohibition of selecting sex before birth law in 1994 and was later amended and replace by prenatal diagnostic technique act in 2002 without implementing it with effect both the times.
Today, despite everyone aware of the fact that girls are equal to boys, emotionally more attached to parents, more responsible in society and by no means less competent than boys; still people wish to have a boy. The probability of going for tests and abortion increases in case of second and third child. On the land of Mother Teresa, Sonia Gandhi, Kalpana Chawla and every single woman who has excelled in respective field and made a mark in life, we need to uproot this evil from our home. Only then we have any right to say anything about it to world. When our own home is dirty, we can’t ask others to clean theirs.
The problem is far more serious than the steps being taken by government. Everyone is well aware of judicial system of Indian Law, by the time the cases are solved; many people have already left this world. Put yourself a question, if the same would have been done, when your mother or sister was coming in this world and had been aborted just because it was female womb, how would things have been for you?
All we need is change in Attitude, need to change attitude from considering girl as burden to girl as good luck charm. Be the change you want to see.
About Sukhdeep Singh: Born and brought up in Amritsar (Punjab), currently works as SAP Basis Consultant with a multinational company based out of Gurgaon. Sukhdeep is an avid quizzer and his hobbies include listening to soft romantic music,devotional music and collecting autographs. Sukhdeep has also worked with International Production House for Punjab Episode of ‘World Cafe Asia’ airing on ‘Travel and Living’ Channel. One of his dreams, to spread the word of Sikhism and Golden Temple, is being carried forward through Amritsarovar Blog and he writes about his personal life sometimes at Zindagi Live.
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