. We are all the citizens of a country which can lightly boast of a proud past, a past, a culture in which there was never any discrimination on the basis of sex. Woman in this country has always been looked upon as more important than man. Look at our nomenclature: Sita—Ram, Radhey-Sham, the names of the women take precedence over those of men. No auspicious ceremony is supposed to be complete without the presence of a woman. Lord Rama had to get a golden statue of Sita made so that the auspicious Yajna could be completed.
It is this country where the unmarried girl is looked upon as ‘Kanjak’ — a divine being, fit to be worshipped, rather than being looked upon as an object of lust or sex. In some of our functions like Durga Puja, Ashtami, etc. small kanjaks are invited, their feet are washed by the elders of the household, they arc served with halva-pwi in the presence of the deities and then given a send-off with a ‘dakshina.’ This is as true today as it was hundred years ago.
The practice of female foeticide is a curse on our intellect, our wisdom and our total ethos. It is a sin, a blasphemy against our ancient cultural values. It is fraught with dangerous consequences. The Government of India has taken certain measures against female foeticide. The Pre-Natal Diagnostic Act, 1994 states that the determination of the sex of an unborn child is illegal. “The punishment for the doctor, the woman and the motivator is three years imprisonment, Rs. 10000 fine and suspension of the doctor’s licence.” But in spite of all the measures like this, the sex- ratio of girls versus boys is decreasing with every passing decade.
This national ratio has come down from945females to 1000 males in 1991 to927 females to 1000 males in 2001. In Punjab it has fallen from 882 in the year 1991 to 875 in the year 2001.
Punjab itself is having the lowest female sex ratio and it is expected that it would have less than 850 females per 1000 males by the year 2011. According to...