Did you know that in the last two decades, over 10 million foetuses were killed in India? Indian society stand guilty of millions of her daughters! The practice of female foeticides and infanticides are widespread and well documented fact. And now Indian government is trying to open centres where people can abandon their unwanted daughters. Read the story here, also on Fox News.
Though I commend the governments efforts in addressing such a complex moral and social problem, I am skeptical about its effectiveness. A ‘baby collection center’ and a well-funding program cannot solve this problem. A creche in every district or job description alone is insufficient to bring down abortions or genuine care for the unwanted.
With growing promiscuity among young people, abortion being legal, shame based culture, prefrential treatment of boys over girls, dowry system (girls often seen as a liability), liberal media message of casual sex etc are responsible for this. The patriarchal system, rising teen pregnancies, dropping sex ratio (2001 census it was 933 females to 1000 males), poverty, population control measures etc have contributed to this problem further.
Without a moral basis of diginity of every unborn child, equality of gender, divine compassion to care for the least in the society and the courage to speak for the voiceless, this issue cannot be tackled adequately. It is high time, we promoted abstinence based sex education (condom distribution in schools is a faulty policy), marital faithfulness and valuing our daughters as equal.
Traditionally Christians have done a good job in this area. Pandita Ramabai, Mother Therasa and the many christian orapanages, have raised the unwanted daughters of India. Where are the people of that breed for 21st century India?