Female Foeticide

Violence Against Women Awareness Month: Day 6 – Female Foeticide #VAWAM
Vidyut
October 7, 2011
Female foetuses are selectively aborted after pre-natal sex determination, thus avoiding the birth of girls. #VAWAM #FemF
Vidyut
October 7, 2011
The determination of the sex of the foetus by ultrasound scanning, amniocentesis, and in vitro fertilization has aggravated #FemF #VAWAM
Vidyut
October 7, 2011
The sex ratio in India had declined from 934 (as per 1981 census) to 927 ( as per 1991 census) triggering alarm in the govt. #FemF #VAWAM
Vidyut
October 7, 2011
The Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Technique (Prohibition of Sex Selection) Act, 1994 made sex selective abortions punishable.#FemF
Vidyut
October 7, 2011
Foeticide is punishable under Sec315 of IPC, with imprisonment which may extend to ten years, or with fine, or with both. #FemF #VAWAM
Vidyut
October 7, 2011
The ‘x’ chromosome and the ‘y’ chromosome http://bit.ly/oEbKzI #mustread articlle by Sharada Gopal via @_thealternative #FemF #VAWAM
Vidyut
October 7, 2011
Gender selective abortions banned, the responsibility for the deaths of unborn girls shifted from the people to the government #FemF #VAWAM
Vidyut
October 7, 2011
With the govt investigating and punishing Sex determination, the people are now free ignore, to call it the govt’s job. #FemF #VAWAM
Vidyut
October 7, 2011
As usual, we have slapped on a law, where we need to work hard to reform, and there are girls missing from it. #FemF #VAWAM
Vidyut
October 7, 2011
I know at least three people on Twitter got “offered” sex determination by their own family doctors. There will be more #FemF #VAWAM
Vidyut
October 7, 2011
All it takes is a shady ultra sound machine and a person who knows how to use it. The abortion can be done in any hospital legally. #FemF
Vidyut
October 7, 2011
Often it is a trusted family doctor, relative or “well wisher” offering the opportunity for a beautiful boy. Sounds so caring. #FemF #VAWAM
Vidyut
October 7, 2011
Female foeticide lives in shady conversations, insinuations that can claim misunderstanding if questioned. It lives around us. #FemF #VAWAM
Vidyut
October 7, 2011
So… where were we? Yes. About how female foeticide is an attitude, not facility that you can ban. We need reform. Frank talk. #FemF #VAWAM
Vidyut
October 7, 2011
There is sweet talk about how girls are precious and pleas. Little that challenges assumptions and misogyny that make girls unwanted. #FemF
Vidyut
October 7, 2011
One would think with less women than men, it would be easier for women to find respectful, caring partners. Alas.
Vidyut
October 7, 2011
I am not bothered by the gender ratio, but the prejudice that means a female must not even be born creeps me out. #FemF #VAWAM
Vidyut
October 7, 2011
@Vidyut @VAWMonth whats paradoxical is the elusive ‘X’ or ‘Y’ chromosome is given by the male! Why r women tortured for it!?! #FemF #VAWAM
Vevisia
October 7, 2011
RT @maps4aid: Aug 2011 : Shocking! Newborns found dead in a plastic bag at http://www.maps4aid.com/reports/view/152 #VAWAM
Vidyut
October 7, 2011
RT @maps4aid: Beed, Maharastra : Foetuses on the Road. Emerging as female foeticide capital of Maharastra http://www.maps4aid.com/reports/view/115 #VAWAM
Vidyut
October 7, 2011
RT @maps4aid: Maharashtra : 55053 female foetuses being aborted every year after sex selection tests http://bit.ly/mTshEU #VAWAM
Vidyut
October 7, 2011
RT @maps4aid: Aug 2011, Jaisalmer: 3 baby girls killed by their families soon after leaving the health facilities #VAWAM null
Vidyut
October 7, 2011
Recent flood of depressing tweets brought to you by parents who don’t want female kids. Yeah, they live among us. #VAWAM
Vidyut
October 7, 2011
The biggest problem fighting female foeticide is that no one talks about it – even more “private business” than domestic violence #VAWAM
Vidyut
October 7, 2011
There is a desperate need for anti-girl preferences to be honestly talked about, examined, assumptions revised, freely without fear. #VAWAM
Vidyut
October 7, 2011
Making sex selection illegal drives all the possibility for change out of sight, because it becomes too risky to talk issues. #VAWAM
Vidyut
October 7, 2011
Stopping gender selective abortion only makes it sneakier and more difficult to prevent unless we address the desire to do it #VAWAM
Vidyut
October 7, 2011
@Vidyut Also both parties, the parents and doctor, benefit from the crime. So who will book the culprits?@VAWMonth
sscribbles
October 7, 2011
#VAWAM RT @sscribbles: @Vidyut Also both parties, the parents and doctor, benefit from the crime. So who will book the culprits?@VAWMonth
Vidyut
October 7, 2011
But there are people who could raise the alert who don’t. People who get offered sex selection and refuse, but keep quiet. #VAWAM
Vidyut
October 7, 2011
@Vevisia : Actually, statistically, women with at least 10 years of education more prone to committing Female Foeticide. @Vidyut @VAWMonth
VAWMonth
October 7, 2011
@Vevisia : That is because they are economically better off, with better access to doctors and can pay for procedures. @Vidyut @VAWMonth
VAWMonth
October 7, 2011
District Jhajjar in Haryana has the lowest child sex-ratio. Ironically, it is also the place where brides are purchased.@VAWMonth
sscribbles
October 7, 2011
Personally, I think sex selective abortions should be allowed as long as abortion is allowed. Bring it out in the open. #VAWAM
Vidyut
October 7, 2011
Remove the shame and illegitimacy around gender selection. Make planning gender as open and valid as planning kids for whoever wants. #VAWAM
Vidyut
October 7, 2011
THEN, talk about why these choices are made. What are the reasons people choose. Address assumptions and myths around gender. #VAWAM
Vidyut
October 7, 2011
It will look less dramatic than it currently does, but it will invite change of thought rather than restrictions on opportunity. #VAWAM
Vidyut
October 7, 2011
We cannot make criminals out of people who do things which mess with how we like numbers to be. We need meetings of minds. #VAWAM
Vidyut
October 7, 2011
RT @OyeMaria: Mommy help me! Letter from an aborted baby girl child to her mother http://tinyurl.com/3s9atrd Some visuals may be disturbing
Vidyut
October 7, 2011
@iSangs @Vidyut we are having one of the worst sex ratio and it will great future problem.need to discuss more and more. #VAWAM
larrikinSoul
October 7, 2011
but also men, society… girls missing are also few women to marry! RT @Mohsiniqbal51: @Vidyut so its about what? i think about women rights
Vidyut
October 7, 2011
As long as women are second class, people will want the “best” child. You can’t separate Female Foeticide from Women’s liberation. #VAWAM
Vidyut
October 7, 2011
RT @VAWMonth: A study of 321,991 deliveries at one hospital over 11 decades shows that sex ratio at birth … (cont) http://deck.ly/~t7tSv
Vidyut
October 7, 2011
RT @wnder_if_am_gud: @Vidyut Two-day-old baby girl rescued after being buried alive http://www.ndtv.com/articl… (cont) http://deck.ly/~kQ05X
Vidyut
October 7, 2011
Waise India is not such a bad place for women. Some rapes, dowry deaths, murders of girls happen if they don’t follow Indian values. #VAWAM
Vidyut
October 7, 2011
The key is to question these assumptions that a woman’s vulnerability is a shame on the family. Or that a man doesn’t bring shame. #VAWAM
Vidyut
October 7, 2011
A farmer may afford one child and want a boy because of the inherent hard labour of his heriditary occupation. #VAWAM
Vidyut
October 7, 2011
@Vidyut In sum cases if a boy is accused of a crime like rape the parents let go sayng it hapens in young age..but wnt condmn their son!
wnder_if_am_gud
October 7, 2011
Simply banning female foeticide will not work if people see an advantage in doing it. That advantage needs examined. Is it real? #VAWAM
Vidyut
October 7, 2011
@Vidyut I have a month old gir n 7 yrs boy.I’m more worried for my girl’s safety than my boy’s. Girls r an easy target or that’s what we see
asmakadri
October 7, 2011
Is having a girl child a disadvantage if you have a labour intensive traditional occupation and few options for her independence? #VAWAM
Vidyut
October 7, 2011
@Vidyut parents blve dat d boy but will b der foever, takin care of em in their oldage and all the remaining packages.. all but a illusion..
acemi10
October 7, 2011
A woman may want a boy because she doesn’t want a child of hers to ever go through what she did. #VAWAM
Vidyut
October 7, 2011
@amitgupta_lnct bullshit. @calamur
Vidyut
October 7, 2011
@Vidyut : very true, a woman may believe that a male child might get better opportunities and a better life than she has had. #VAWAM
VAWMonth
October 7, 2011
There needs to be acceptance wanting a girl/boy specifically. Even if we don’t agree or we alienate many more we COULD influence. #VAWAM
Vidyut
October 7, 2011
@acemi10 @Vidyut Ironically girls who have turned out to be better care takers ..sons r the ones who r putting up parents in old agehome
wnder_if_am_gud
October 7, 2011
Is it true that a boy will live with parents forever in today’s world? Is it true that a girl will not be there for her parents? #VAWAM
Vidyut
October 7, 2011
@Vidyut ive seen in life dat sons put der old parents in old age homes.neglect dem.bt still some ppl r mad to have a son.wat a irony. #VAWAM
beingjyoti
October 7, 2011
On the whole, when it comes to caring for the older generation, I have seen more women interested than men. Be it DILs or daughters #VAWAM
Vidyut
October 7, 2011
For all the talk on Female Foeticide, there is absolute silence on why people don’t want girls so badly that they go to extremes. #VAWAM
Vidyut
October 7, 2011
My grandpa had 5 daughters. No son. Struggled with scant resources & a dowry ridden society. But never gave up loving his princesses. #VAWAM
maps4aid
October 7, 2011
Easy to hate parents who don’t want female kids. Point fingers. What do we do to make the world a place people can raise girls in? #VAWAM
Vidyut
October 7, 2011
Let us look at some reasons and see how logical they are, if there are real problems contributing to the thought, how to address. #VAWAM
Vidyut
October 7, 2011
I want to talk a little about the thinking of those who want boys and not girls. Why do they see an advantage even if illegal? #VAWAM
Vidyut
October 7, 2011
A person in a world where loving a woman is recipe for heart break if something happens to her would rather have the “safe” boy… #VAWAM
Vidyut
October 7, 2011
@colnrkurup Can you tell me more? Describe? I think this is a common problem.
Vidyut
October 7, 2011
Reply from @colnrkurup 
THE PRE-NATAL DIAGNOSTIC TECHNIQUES (PNDT) ACT & RULES
The Pre-natal Diagnostic Techniques (Regulation and Prevention of Misuse) Act,1994, was enacted and brought into operation from 1stJanuary, 1996, in order to checkfemale foeticide. Rules have also been framed under the Act. The Act prohibitsdetermination and disclosure of the sex of foetus . It also prohibits any advertisementsrelating to pre-natal determination of sex and prescribes punishment for its contravention. 
The person who contravenes the provisions of this Act is punishable with imprisonment andfine.
Recently, PNDT Act and Rules have been amended keeping in view the emergingtechnologies for selection of sex before and after conception and problems faced in the
working of implementation of the ACT and certain directions of Hon”ble Supreme Courtafter a PIL was filed in May, 2000 by CEHAT and Ors, an NGO on slow implementation ofthe Act. These amendments have come into operation with effect from 14thFebruary, 2003

To quote and Example, in my home town a PNDT Cell with top doctors, General Hosp Supdtd and cityzen like me is formed. Since last 6 years I have been appraising the redundancy of such window dressing cells without giving some power at least to check the guilty is given. No one bothers.

A boy is not safe in today’s world. Boys are routinely violated too. Only a girl violated is shame, a boy violated is not mentioned. #VAWAM
Vidyut
October 7, 2011
RT @wnder_if_am_gud: @Vidyut An extension of their family’s name; money coming in through dowry , not worrying that sum1 can rape their son.
Vidyut
October 7, 2011
Female Foeticide is a war of minds. Needs fought with genius ideas, innovative solutions, collaboration, not judgments and laws only. #VAWAM
Vidyut
October 7, 2011
Unless we are able to acknowledge people’s reasons for not wanting girls, we are never going to make any real change – laws or not. #VAWAM
Vidyut
October 7, 2011
Eventually it boils down to a bottom line if those girls we want people to give birth too can find safety, respect and opportunity #VAWAM
Vidyut
October 7, 2011
Have you had an offer/information on getting the gender of your unborn child tested? Who offered it? What did you do? #VAWAM
Vidyut
October 7, 2011
The ‘x’ chromosome and the ‘y’ chromosome http://bit.ly/oEbKzI #mustread articlle by Sharada Gopal via @_thealternative #FemF #VAWAM
Vidyut
October 7, 2011
I am not bothered by the gender ratio, but the prejudice that means a female must not even be born creeps me out. #FemF #VAWAM
Vidyut
October 7, 2011
@Vidyut People will find ways to avoid laws, which is exactly why legislation alone seldom solves a problem.
nimishdubey
October 7, 2011
My suggestions for social change that will lead to lower female foeticide without imposing laws contrary to citizen’s wishes: #VAWAM
Vidyut
October 7, 2011
@Vidyut Would you call yourself empowered? What empowers a woman?
raggedtag
October 7, 2011
I would call myself empowered, but when I speak of society empowering women, I am talking of a collective attitude. [contd] @raggedtag
Vidyut
October 7, 2011
Of creating social norms that are life affirming for all and conspicuously women, rather than critical and restraining. @raggedtag
Vidyut
October 7, 2011
Of social values – and official – openly rejecting chauvinist impositions and asserting their right to self-determination. @raggedtag
Vidyut
October 7, 2011
anushree
@anushreekejriwa that suffices on a personal level. It is an unfair expectation from each woman in terms of social change. @raggedtag
Vidyut
October 7, 2011
Lot of misunderstanding about the word “empower” – to give/confer power. People speaking of being empowered on their own is… *shrug*
Vidyut
October 7, 2011
@raggedtag emotional strength and rationality in views can change situations. Financial security is d much needed cushion @Vidyut
anushreekejriwa
October 7, 2011
@Vidyut yes but a deeper q – what will make a woman stand up to those very social issues. what will change your probs at home?
raggedtag
October 7, 2011

@JantaVani @Vidyut Disagree. USGA findings are made known to the people in several countries without adverse rstio : machine is not at fault
dremtee
October 7, 2011
@JantaVani @Vidyut Lastly if you check up the law, law is already in place. And all it is achieving is society becoming outlaws
dremtee
October 7, 2011
@Vidyut Need to really think on this to make it more clear and simple. I always thought about it as a state of mind! @raggedtag
jay_ambadi
October 7, 2011
@Vidyut 🙂 here is my answer – education, opportunity, financial security, emotional strength @anushreekejriwa
raggedtag
October 7, 2011
IMO empowerment must take place within. It is always personal. Society can contribute but buck stops at individual @Vidyut @raggedtag
jay_ambadi
October 7, 2011
1. Remove ban on sex selective abortions. Let citizens freely use available science to plan their families how they want. #VAWAM
Vidyut
October 7, 2011
2. Openly survey and discuss gender preferences in the population and inquire into the reasons driving them. Examine those reasons. #VAWAM
Vidyut
October 7, 2011
3. Address misogynist attitudes and robustly defend women’s rights. Make it clear that women are equal citizens of the country #VAWAM
Vidyut
October 7, 2011
4. Also have open dialogue with opposers of gender selection on the basis of ethics or ratio and those with neutral views #VAWAM
Vidyut
October 7, 2011
5. Openly recognize the desire for gender selection as a prevalent and undesirable bias in the society and campaign awareness. #VAWAM
Vidyut
October 7, 2011
6. Spread awareness about the bias and unfairness inherent in misogyny and help people understand prejudices and make own choices.
Vidyut
October 7, 2011
7. Use this opportunity to bring awareness about the other results of misogyny that become easier to tackle – widows, dowry… #VAWAM
Vidyut
October 7, 2011
8. Most importantly trust the country to want its own survival. Keep data transparent, and let people learn and grow and self-correct #VAWAM
Vidyut
October 7, 2011
I am certain that sex ratios will drop initially, but they have been dropping anyway. #VAWAM
Vidyut
October 7, 2011
I think working with the people rather than overruling them will result in more ownership of choices, and real change on many fronts #VAWAM
Vidyut
October 7, 2011
Sure, you can’t fix all misogynists. But we don’t need to, as long as the ones that remain are balanced by some who want girls too 🙂 #VAWAM
Vidyut
October 7, 2011
This may seem like a very shaky set of suggestions, but the alternative is watching people find ways to evade laws and do it anyway. #VAWAM
Vidyut
October 7, 2011
Our laws have failed in arresting the falling sex ratio. And they can’t, if we put all who contradict our goals under the carpet. #VAWAM
Vidyut
October 7, 2011
Without access to those who want to abort females, we can’t stop them or shady operators. We need to engage and address for change. #VAWAM
Vidyut
October 7, 2011
Haroon
@Vidyut I think misogyny is a manifestation of frustration. There is no other point in its existence.
HaroonRiaz
October 7, 2011
@HaroonRiaz I don’t think so. It is a simple game of might is right. The hate is the justification for using power to impose own will.
Vidyut
October 7, 2011
@Vidyut Onemust recognise that thefight will b a very longdrawnoutone even with the bestofeffort.However,our society has to persist #VAWAM
krishnakacker
October 7, 2011
@akay_twits will take time. Not impossible. Where there is life, there is change. We only need to plan it so we can direct it.
Vidyut
October 7, 2011
By making the laws banning sex determination, the government has allowed society to shrug its collective responsibility. #VAWAM
Vidyut
October 7, 2011
@Vidyut States also shape the ways societies function and vice versa. As they say its a complicated relationship #VAWAM
Razarumi
October 7, 2011
If we can empower women, then the potential girl child ceases to be a liability. Empowered women will resist to shunning female kids #VAWAM
Vidyut
October 7, 2011
Roflol, but excellently said. RT @dremtee: @JantaVani @Vidyut Extending your logic a little further, lets root for banning sex.
Vidyut
October 7, 2011
Why does female foeticide bother me so much? Because it lays bare the misogyny – the wiping out of the female for being female. #VAWAM
Vidyut
October 7, 2011
The only manifestation of misogyny that bothers me even more than female foeticide is female infanticide. #VAWAM
Vidyut
October 7, 2011
Status of women has everything to do with how strong religious beliefs are. Its a losing battle in conservative societies. #women
RisingIndiawins
October 7, 2011
Topic for 8th October is Street Violence and Eve Teasing. #VAWAM
Vidyut
October 7, 2011

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