India has a major problem that Americans would think is extreme. Americans deal with child birth all the time and may or may not have abortions. But what if we were aborting babies and killing them based on their sex? In India there is a serious shortage of women and this not because families are having a lot of boys but because a lot of families over there do not want female babies. Female infanticide in India is growing and is hurting the sex diversity of India. The Indians see female babies as an expensive burden because they know they will have to pay dowry for their marriages. Men in India are looked highly upon to carry on the names of families and to have great careers while the women are looked to look after the elders and children.
Abortions are legal in India up to 20 weeks but sex based abortions have been banned and are illegal. There are many medical offices that still allow this to happen. Ultrasounds that were once used for detecting birth defects and sex are being used as a deciding factor in whether the families want to keep their babies or not. As Americans we look upon all child birth as something wonderful not because of the sex that is born but because of the act that is taking place. Also abortions in the U.S are not based on sex but whether a child is wanted and if the female or family can afford the baby (male or female).
The numbers of female infanticide are growing and getting worse. Families are burying live babies and aborting them at dangerously late terms in the pregnancy. Some women even neglect their on health so that the baby may be born unhealthy and die. Husbands are forcing their wives to have multiple abortions , because they want sons and the wives have no say so over their on bodies. The emphasis put on the life of a male child over a females is ridiculous and morally wrong. All life should be appreciated and thought of as a blessing instead of a curse based on which sex you receive. I believe that female infanticide can be reduced and stopped through education and moral teaching.