Female foeticide is a ruthless expression of crime against women where a girl is abandoned of even the right to be born. Aborting female foetuses is both practical and socially acceptable in India. It is driven by many factors, but primarily due to premium on sons as they offer security to their families in old age and can perform the rites for the souls of deceased parents and ancestors and on the contrary daughters are perceived as a social and economic burden. Female foeticide is a new phenomenon and is outcome of technological advancement which was for the purpose of detecting abnormalities in the foetus if any so that unhealthy or abnormal foetus could well in time be medically terminated. The killing of female foetuses in the womb would have devastating effects on society in the long run, one very visible consequence is declining sex ratio which in turn would lead to rising crime against women and practices of bride buying. The present paper talks about the gravity of the problem, causes and consequences of female foeticide.
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Ritu Bala. Female Foeticide. Res. J. Humanities and Social Sciences. 2018; 9(3): 693-697. doi: 10.5958/2321-5828.2018.00115.8