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 .