There is a lot of hue and cry in the society for the equal status for women. Though few women have secured that status in some advanced countries, much has to be done to secure women the status that makes them avail the opportunities.
To demand this status there are lots of organizations working around. It is a task, a war against the age old practices, traditions which often have the last laugh even now.!
The trend has changed. Working for the upliftment of status of women is a mission no doubt, but the rate at which dwindling ratio of women in comparison to men needs to be attacked to.
In the first case, not only women working for women, non governmental organizations and also men with rational thought participated in the programme. There, we could blame the society, we could blame the traditions and practices for the down word trend in status for women.
BUT WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE NARROWING OF GIRL CHILD BIRTH RATE?
Even uneducated women want a male child! City bred working women either prolong pregnancy or are against motherhood. Delayed pregnancy also makes women go infertile.
Now, educating girl child, training them in vocational trades, engaging them in social welfare activities, are among some of the methods the said organizations and government departments are engaged in.
More seriously these institutions have to remodel their programme. The awareness of healthy pregnancy and safe delivery practices are still distant but awareness about scanning and knowing the sex of the child in the womb is gaining more popularity this trend is hazardous.
The reduction in girl child birth rate creates imbalance in times to come.
No orientation, training or fight for emancipation would be fruitful if the peril of abortion of female fetus is not stopped and girl child birth is encouraged.
There are more perils attached to this.
The family gets tattered if the wife wants a girl child or refuses to abortion.
An illegal abortions also leads to risk to life of the women and future conception.
Imbalance in sex ratio in the society leads to moral irregularities.
All these have serious implication on women only. To overcome this is the need of the hour.
Giving incentives to parents, like in western countries may not be practical in India. A bicycle to a school girl or free education would do help. For, majority still live in villages and are illiterate. The gimmick of percentage 33 or 35 helps only politicians. These are tried and failed methods.
A few can now be tried.
Encourage involvement of women more in all activities.
Appointing only lady teachers up to primary level in all schools [including private schools] and to higher classes on merit or percentage.
Dowry should be completely eliminated.
Cases on dowry harassment should be cleared in time frame [as early as possible]
Free to contest in any election, at any level exclusive of any percentage or reservation.
Special courts at taluk level to try, harassment to remove female fetus and settled in days – even on court holidays.
No caste bar for the cause of women.
These need legislation. These are urgent needs.
Apart from equal share in property, free education and other incentives free medical attention [for any disease] may be initiated. Are there any takers.!