SAVING THE GIRL CHILD

It is a matter of great concern that the world’s largest democracy where woman was held in exceptionally high esteem during ancient times, is witnessing a situation where the female foeticide has become a rampant practice despite there being strict laws against this worst form of inhuman practice. The direct fallout of this practice is that the nation today faces the vital issue of falling child sex ratio which has already had a direct bearing on the social and cultural health of the present generation growing in schools and is going to be much more harmful for the future generations especially if we fail to reverse or at least arrest the rate of falling sex ratio in the coming years. It is really the greatest irony in the history of this nation that a female born in the Indian society despite playing unmatched roles during her lifetime be that of a daughter, sister, wife or a mother is being hounded right in the womb of her mother to ensure that she does not come into the world. Is it not an irony that the Indian culture which in view of enormity of the mother’s significance even calls for worshipping the earth as Mother earth but at the same time when it comes to her existence in the society, her life is made a virtual hell by the so called civilized people thus reflecting the worst face of hypocrisy. Every individual’s future is moulded by the hands that cradled it as a baby and as such the females deserve to be the most privileged class of the society. The birth of a girl child needs to be welcomed with open heart and hands as she is the greatest boon to the society bestowed by God. In order to ensure that child sex ratio is restored and maintained to optimum level there is a dire need to wholeheartedly involve in the war against female foeticide. There are multiple NGOs involved in this movement through various schemes and programmes announced by the government including the ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’. While these social organizations have been playing a tremendous role in spreading awareness against this anti-national activity, there is a dire need for every individual to proactively participate in this movement that would go a long way in restoring the balance as envisaged by nature. ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ is a marvellous scheme in this regard as it is based on bi-pronged strategy aimed at achieving a volley of results for the whole society provided that it does not remain a beautiful slogan only but gets translated on ground in the right spirit. For this there is a need to transform the mindset of the people and develop the desired mindset in the future generations which would be the easiest option to achieve the ultimate goal in this direction. Not only across the nation but also in this crown state NGOs are working devotedly for the cause holding various programmes regularly, many a times in collaboration with Govt administration, at various levels thus continuing with the endeavour to have a positive perception towards girl child. It is a fact that if more focus is laid on targeting the young minds to achieve the desired results; there will definitely be no place for female foeticide in the society. This alone will lead to shedding of the old bias and restoring the gender balance. Daughter is the most precious gift of God to human beings and it is hoped that Indians realize the gravity of situation before it turns out to be a manmade disaster.