#Foeticide – Don’t you have emotions for the female in the womb ? #BlogchatterA2Z #Astitva

The alphabet of the day is F

F stands for : Foeticide

The dictionary meaning of Foeticide is the crime of killing of a baby who has  not yet been  born. This crime is committed mostly for females in the womb .

A piece of fiction on Foeticide


Finally , after six years of marriage , their prayers were accepted and the couple could see two pink lines on the prega testing kit . The joyous  moment was shared by Sneha and Harsh , with warm embrace and wet  smiling eyes . As the news travelled to other family members , the response was not what they expected .  Instead of blessings , a null reaction came from Sneha’s mother-in-law  with the words :

“Get the test done first , hope it’s a Good Thing ”

“Good Thing ? What do you mean Maa ?” Harsh’s mind had  got topsy-turvy

” You know what I mean, Take her to the clinic , No arguments  ” Maa said with   a stern and pressurized look

Tension gripped the family atmosphere , especially the couple. Sneha was just not allowed to speak her mind and Harsh was an obedient son you know . Obedient even to the frown lines of his mother that had got magnified by effect of age wrinkles .

Harsh had to take  Sneha to the clinic recommended by Maa.  After few tests , the doctor said “It’s a  G…….Girl ”

Harsh’s face became white anticipating about the family’s suffocating responses . He was  in a fix , whether to choose a son’s obedience or  a father saving his tiny seed ??

Sneha’s eyes were  questioning  Harsh when  suddenly Maa popped up in the clinic room to know the reports . Harsh’s heart  was  immediately able to resolve the fix ,  he quickly  went towards  his Maa , with his  arms wide open

“Mubarak ho Maa , It’s a G……G…..Good Thing ”

All questions of Sneha got answered as Harsh flashed a teary and comforting smile to her.

My thoughts on Foeticide

In this story , A father  made  the right  move to save the tiny soul.  But in our society , the number of Foeticide cases are still very high . Not just uneducated people , but even highly educated families don’t have emotions for the females in the womb .  Today only one of my friends was telling me about  the reactions of family on her second daughter’s birth .  Right after delivery , she  had to listen to such  reactions like  ” Do do pathar paida kar diye isne  ”   Why such responses ? Why only a son’s birth is celebrated ? Why is a female child just not wanted to be born ? Why is she not considered as a Good Thing ?  For no fault of hers , why is she killed ? And who has given people such a right to murder ?


Even in 21st century , there is a deep seated cultural preference for boys . I am a woman , a mother of a single girl child . Many questions arise in my mind . I want to ask  that  what bad does a daughter bring in your life, that you address her as  ‘Not a Good Thing’ or  ‘Wrong Sex ‘ ?  What a shameful act !

I have listened to many people talk of  female Foeticide  as a fine procedure because  otherwise their minds  would always be in  fear;  fear for  their daughters to be victims (of crimes like abuse and rape)  .But  in the fear of a future crime , you yourself commit a crime right now  ? What to say ?  I feel speechless sometimes .

Mindset of the society needs to change . A female has the right to her body even if she is still in the womb . Be Human . Stop Female Foeticide .





Hi, I am Monika, an educationist for the last 17 years and a mom to a daughter for the last 11 years . Give me a hot cup of masala tea with some snacks plus a laptop and I am happy ! My Blog is a mixed bag of my observations ,learnings and experiences . To me , life is love, life is helping & learning from each other. Life is not that complex -We just have to stop overthinking .

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4 Responses

  1. Priya Bajpai says:

    This is beautifully written. It reminded me of a poem I wrote about this. I have seen instances when ‘educated people’ aren’t happy when a girl is born. Or they go for 2nd , 3rd child just to have a son. I don’t know when will we change. It fills me with angst and disgust.

  2. Beautifully written post Monika. I like the way your story says it all in few words.

    MeenalSonal from AuraOfThoughts

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