The Concern

The Concern

The provisional results of the 2011 census of India show that there are 914 female children to every 1000 male children under 6 years age, a drop from the last census in 2001 (927:1000). In some states the figure is as low as 830:1000. In Delhi the child sex ratio stands at 866:1000. While the government has made pre-birth sex determination tests illegal the practice still continues in different forms among the urban population through the connivance of the medical practitioners. In the poorer or rural areas, female infanticide through poisoning, suffocation or abandonment is not uncommon.

In India over 35% of women are not able to read and write. They are fed less and often educated less. They are seen as having lesser value or considered a burden. The practice of dowry is a major factor behind such a view. We long for women to be seen as equal to men, created in God’s image and worthy in their own right.