India's Unwanted Girls Essay

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India’s Unwanted Girls In 2011, BBC’s journalist Geeta Pandey has written an article in which she explores what has caused the crisis in India, where they prefer to get boys and choose to deselect female foetuses. The article includes stories from real life, where women tell about their own experience with female foeticide. It also includes statistic materials about certain areas in India that has the highest sex ratio. The journalist Geeta Pandey interviews a woman who has three daughters and one son. Before she had her son, who is the youngest of her four children, she got pregnant three times with girls. She was forced to get abortions by her family. Her mother-in-law even said that her husband would leave her if she didn’t get abortions. She was beaten up by her family and they were mad at her for not getting sons, because families in India would get dowries when they get their boys married. Her husband died three years after the birth of her son, and she claims it was the curse of the daughters they killed. In 1961, India outlawed dowries, but it made no positive change for India. The value of dowries grew bigger and affected rich and poor. The woman’s neighbour was once pregnant with twin girls and her mother-in-law also forced her to have an abortion. The neighbour told her mother-in-law that there were no difference between girls and boys, but she said that boys would carry the generation forward and girls would bring no happiness. They would just get married and go off to another family. Both these women live in a lower middle-class area in south-west Delhi. Geeta Pandey has found some basic facts about India’s ratio of girls and boys. She realizes that India’s ratio is one of the worst in the world after China, so she digs up some numbers to prove her discovery. In 1961, for every 1000 boys under the age of seven, there were 976 girls. In 2011

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