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The plight of the girl child is a subject of great socio-legal significance. Female foeticide is not only a social issue but also a social problem. Female foeticide is violation of rights to life basic human rights and guaranteed under the constitution. The matter is highly sensitive as it relates to the issue of gender justice. A glance at newspaper of any day would bring to light the fact that the female foeticide, infanticide, child prostitution, sexual abuse, dowry deaths, eve-teasing, and abduction rampant in our society. Welfare measure like empowerment of women, reservation in parliament, free education to girl child and a whole lot of other progressive initiatives do not make sense when we look at case of female foeticide. This reminds us social, ethical and moral insensitivity prevalent in our society.
“Law alone cannot affect change in society especially which is complex and multilayered as ours. We require a massive social reorientation and gender sensitization. The gravity of problem demands immediate measures to combat female foeticide. But the complexity and deep rooted ness of the issue necessitates a long term intervention framework.”
Days are not so far, when there may be emergence of the situation where brides will not be available for the marriage of the sons to maintain lineage and continue the human race of even those people who believe on long standing tradition of son preference, that “only sons can offer pyre Pindadana, Mukhagni and not the daughters. Therefore it is felt that the mindsets of the people should be changed right from now towards the importance of girl child in the family.
“You can tell the condition of a nation by looking at the status of its women” said Jawaharlal Nehru. So my Respective & my friends only you can stop this social problem and only you can save the daughters, sisters and mother’s of India.
(Trainee social worker)
Every child comes into this world with the message that God is not yet disappointed with man.” said the great Noble Laureate Rabindernath Tagore. But alias! The girl child she is hated even before her birth. Girls & women face inequality everywhere but in India very often they do not even get a fighting chance to lead healthy and productive lives.
I Presented this paper on “Female Foeticide: A Legal Helplessness & Remedial Measures for Mitigation of Female Foeticide” with my co-partner Meenu Nagpal at National Seminar on “New Dimension of Law: Growth & Relevance” (22-23 Oct. 2009) at University Institute
of Law, Punjab University Regional Centre, Ludhiana (Punjab).
· The presentation would not have come in its present shape without the active assistance of Meenu Nagpal. She has been of immense help at every stage of the presentation. I express my special thanks for her tireless contribution in logical completion of the presentation.
(Trainee Social Worker)