Female feticide is rampant in India particularly in northern part of the country. Declining sex ratio in north Indian states bears testimony to this fact. Various socio-economic and religious factors have also contributed to this factor. Dowry is a big challenge for Indian society. Marriage is a big issue. The situation leads to a natural desire for a male child. This causes in the rise of the incidence of female feticide. Daughters are treated as liability and sons as assets. Though our governments are doing a lot to check the trend, but the emerging picture makes no difference. Hence much remains to be done.
The Constitution of free India guarantees equal status to men and women. Sex discrimination has been eliminated. There are provisions for equal pay for equal work. But still they are discriminated. They are victimized everywhere—home or workplace. Though they are fully protected by law, they are exploited at will. Women are not safe and secure anywhere. At home they are beaten, tortured, burnt and killed at the hands of their husband and in-laws. At workplace they are expected by their peers and colleagues.
It is the crying need of the hour that they should awake and arise against their exploitation. They should no longer be victims of social and economic injustice. They should not depend on any other help. They should organize themselves to fight against their plight. The NGOs and various government agencies should come ahead to help them. Above all, the male mind-set needs to be changed to change the status of women in society.