I came across this interesting news from India. The government is creating a regitry of all pregnancies to help curb widespread female foeticide and reduce its infant mortality rate. But I wonder how they are going to do it. Read reports – Reuters, ET, BBC etc.
More than half of women in India still deliver children at home. Some 10 million girls have been killed by their parents in the past 20 years. At present, India’s infant mortality rate is 57 per 1,000 live births. Others kill newly born girls by breaking their necks or, in some rural areas, by stuffing hay down their throats.
Familial and communal preference for boys over girl are widespread. Social, cultural and economic reasons are given to prevalence of foeticides and infanticides in India. Many parents prefer a boy as he is seen as a future breadwinner who will take care of them in their old age. A girl is perceived to be a burden for whom a large dowry will have to be paid at the time of marriage.
This is a postive step toward saving thousands of unborn and newly born girls. Pro-lifers should welcome and be encouraged by this government action. But I do not think, it will eradicate this social evil completely. Yet it will save thousands of unborns. We have to devise many more creative iniatitves to curb and restrain people from morally corrupt practices.