The hostility in the World is fast increasing. The weak ones are always and regularly manhandled. The victims are, many times, women, and children. And the case of women has and will always continue to raise the alarm in societies where being a female is, unfortunately, regarded as a burden not only to the family but also to society. This ugly situation is a time-critical issue, mainly in every society with class and cast fragmentation. In every society, it appears in one form or order. In some, it
In Africa, for example, it appears mainly in Child soldiers, where children are forcefully incorporated into a troop for the total destruction of whatever they might lay their hands on. This inhuman act has mesmerized and rendered hundreds of thousand young Africans useless. They have been so brainwashed that killing has become a game for them. What annoys me most is that the World remains silent about such a situation, thinking it concerns only a continent. We must all agree this is a serious and the most dangerous challenge that the twenty-first century has refused to address adequately.
In Asia, for example, it appears mainly in infanticides or “foeticide”. The issue touches India and China. Each of them is for cultural or political reasons. In China, for example, the case of birth control could be one of the reasons why having a female child might not be easily encouraged by certain families. This issue always has a secondary effect in society, for when a particular group, be it boys or girls, dominates, there will always be a scarcity of the other. Who knows if the recent continuous raping incidents in India might not be a side effect of such an act?
Another serious cause is the customary dowry system that exists in India. According to Suhas Chakma, the director of the Asian Center for Human Rights:
In fact, it is a serious issue that needs urgent attention if the world will not face a serious problem in the near future. Al Jazarel explores:
|Supreme Court judges in India have summoned the
health secretaries in seven states over a worrying fall in the number of
young girls in India. They are demanding details about clinics flouting the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques Act – to determine the sex of unborn babies – with potentially fatal consequences. The judges are blaming rampant foeticide and infanticide, and they say the mindset of parents and society need to change.
The UN children’s charity UNICEF says the culture of favouring males in India is costing the lives of millions of young girls. The agency says more than 2,000 illegal abortions are being carried out every single day, and it is dramatically altering the balance of the population.
The 2011 census found 830 girls for every 1,000 boys in the northern state of Haryana. It was 846 in neighbouring Punjab state. And in the national capital territory of Delhi the figure was 866. India has very strict abortion laws. Until 1971, terminating pregnancies was only allowed if the mother’s life was at risk. Other exceptions were then allowed: for fetuses with potential birth defects; for babies conceived through rape, and for pregnancies in unmarried girls below 18. Continue in AlJazeera
”The truth might be hard to say, painful to bear or even drastic for the truth sayer but still needed to be said”. ALISON.