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Female Foeticide: Legal Perspective and Its Challenges

Author Affiliations

  • 1Shri Jagdishprasad Jhabarmal Tibrewala University, Jhunjhunu, Rajasthan, INDIA

Res. J. Family, Community and Consumer Sci., Volume 1, Issue (6), Pages 1-2, August,27 (2013)


Advances in Science and Technology are responsible for the statistic of women’s oppression. Prenatal sex determination followed by selective female foetus abortion is perfect example for the same. There are technologies that prevent the birth of girl child and promote the birth of boy child. Scan centres disclose the sex of the foetus, which is against the law. Sons are preferred over daughters for various social, economic and religious reasons, which include old age security, dowry, family lineage, prestige and power, property inheritance, financial support, birth and death rituals and beliefs about religious duties and salvation. In our “civilized” society we talk about equality in all spheres, then why is there no right to take birth? There is a need to realize the right of a girl child and to what extent they are being implemented. There is a requirement of strong ethical code of conduct among the medical professionals. There is an urgent need to address the fundamental problem of changing the patriarchal mindset only then will the regulation of technologies work. This article aims at making it clear that gender selective abortions has to be viewed as a social issue rather than a women issue. Unless the pathology of mind changes, the pathological use of medical technologies will continue.


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