The chilling incident of a heartless grandma allegedly drowning her ‘unwanted’ toddler granddaughter — the third within the household — in a septic tank in a Gurugram village but once more highlights the persistent prevalence of the social evil that refuses to die down. In the face of the continuous desire for a male baby brought on by a mindset culturally conditioned to think about women as a legal responsibility, many a daughter continues to be killed within the womb or quickly after beginning. This case reinforces Haryana’s poor document in gender ratio. While a substantial enchancment within the intercourse ratio at beginning (SRB) was witnessed since 2014 when the intercourse ratio was an abysmally skewed 871 girls for 1,000 males, this 12 months has seen a setback with the SRB until July 2020 dropping to 914 in opposition to 923 in 2019.
This worrisome reversal of the development belies the state authorities’s tall claims of the much-hyped Beti Bachao Beti Padhao marketing campaign. Such efforts in addition to crackdowns on unlawful intercourse willpower exams and feminine foeticide by the Haryana well being division (within the state and the ‘safer’ Punjab, UP or Rajasthan) alone usually are not sufficient to vary the state of affairs on the bottom. To form an awakening, they have to be bolstered by progressive reforms that stem forth from the bowels of society, together with the influential khaps and most of the people. The key lies in educating the individuals about the advantages of bringing women into the world and bringing them up as equal to their brothers relating to entry to diet, well being and schooling. Not solely will gender parity be sure that brides usually are not briefly provide for the boys, but in addition imply that well-educated and empowered girls contribute their may to the event of the household and to state-building.
The Economic Survey of 2018, which had a pink-coloured cowl to suggest the relation of financial system with gender points, revealed that the craze for sons stubbornly persists — most so in Punjab and Haryana. And, notably, a rise in wealth too fails to suppress this rage. Even as there was a perceptible enchancment within the standing of ladies through the years, the trail in the direction of welcoming the lady baby sadly stays a protracted and uphill one.