According to a report by United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) over 50 million girls and women who should be alive today are 'missing' because of violence and other forms of gender discrimination in India. Estimates of the number of female foetuses being destroyed every year in India vary from two million to five million.
Aamir Khan's show Satyamev Jayate's first episode is also based on this inhuman act which is yet practiced in many parts of the country. After hearing of this issue narrated by the contestant who faced it made Aamir go numb and left him in tears!
We at TellyBuzz spoke to some of the known people from the television industry on what they feel about this issue and the measures they would like to see through which there can be bought a change in the people's way of thinking about Female Infanticide!
Smriti Zubin Irani : Unfortunately in our country 1crore girls go missing every year due to female infanticide. However there is no comprehensive National Policy to prevent Female Feticide. For us to completely dedicate ourselves to remove this blot from the society there is a need to engage society at large with this issue and ensure strict implementation of PNDT act and also ensure guilty doctors technicians and family members who force a women to abort the Female fetus, to be punished!
Mustaq Sheikh : Female infanticide is a very serious issue
with our country, if not dealt with it is going to be more dangerous! This
obsession of boy child has to be curbed; the girl child is neither a curse nor
a burden to the society. The only way to stop this barbaric act is through
educating the people and making them more aware of their wrong doings.
Empowering women can only happen when they are allowed to be born!
Anas Rashid : Even though the actions of people have changed in the country their habits have turned to remain the same and hence Female Infanticide is yet followed! In the olden days people used to kill a girl child after she was born, and in todays era its 'Sonography' which is done by the use of technology which helps people to know before the child's birth whether a boy/girl, and so nowadays the girl child is killed before birth! Such concepts should be banned and if followed should be punishable. It's a Crime to kill a girl child, and such a crime can be stopped via awareness campaigns and education. There should be no discrimination between a girl child and a boy child!
Varun Badola : There is very much to be said about this topic, being even a developed country and the one where education is followed In large, yet we find orthodox way to thinking yet surviving in large, which leads to issues like Female Infanticide. There are very few who go strong with this topic, try to make people aware through campaigns and education and try to bring in an end to this cruel act, but all we see is today- A failure of try, when we see Female Infanticide is yet followed in many states and villages! And it is a shame to know that even the literate people follow it. This issue is to be dealt at government level now; it should come with the strong laws and punishable acts.
Alok Nath : Female infanticide is an illegal act yet followed
in many states and villages, in short- it has been followed as a tradition now!
This orthodox thinking is always seen on a rise which has made it to be
followed even till today. It is a very shameful act. Murdering a girl child is
abruptly cruel; she has all rights to be born and is equally to be treated as
the Boy child. There is a lot of awareness to be bought in through campaigns
and education system!
Geeta Kapur : I feel people who follow female infanticide don't know how grateful they should be to even have the power of giving birth to a LIFE. They should be oblivious about the fact that they are committing a murder. I do feel that if penalty for a crime such as female infanticide is as high as the murder sentence, then people might refrain from the wrong doing they perform. I am a female who works in par with the males on everyday basis and do pretty well for myself, and I don't see any reason why anyone should think that a female child would not be able to fulfill the needs of a family.
Reporter-Krishma Solanki, Ashima Mishra