AVERTING THE DISASTER

Editorial GREATER JAMMU

Falling child sex ratio in the country has a direct bearing on the social and cultural health of not only the present generation growing in schools, but more than that on the future generations. If in India we fail to reverse or at least arrest the rate of falling sex ratio in the coming years, the people across the nation shall have to face serious consequences and it would not be wrong to state that there is every probability of the nation facing the worst kind of manmade disaster. It is really the greatest irony in the history of this nation that a female 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. The Indian culture, in view of the enormity of the mother’s significance even calls for worshipping the earth as Mother earth. At the same time when it comes to a woman’s 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 bestowed by God on the society. In order to ensure that child sex ratio is restored and maintained to the 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 like ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ and these social organizations have been playing a tremendous role in spreading awareness against this anti-social activity. However, there is a dire need for every individual to proactively participate in this movement which would go a long way in restoring the balance as envisaged by nature. For this, there is a need to transform the mindset of the people and developing the desired mindset in the future generations, as this is the easiest option that can achieve the ultimate goal in this direction. Not only across the nation but also in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, NGOs are devotedly working for this noble cause organizing various programmes regularly. It is pertinent to mention here that the programmes organized by the NGOs should focus on targeting the young minds to achieve the desired results, as if these young minds develop a positive mindset female foeticide will have no place in their life. So let us all take the pledge to catch the young students and mould their minds positively so that there is no scope at all for pre-natal sex determination or female foeticide except in cases of medical necessity. This alone will lead to shedding of the old bias and restoring the gender balance. A daughter is the most precious gift of God to human beings and it is hoped that Indians will realize the gravity of the situation before it turns into a manmade disaster.