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Female foeticide: where do we go?

Mohan Rao


The publication of the provisional figures from the Census of 2001, highlighting a continuing decline in the sex ratio among the juvenile population in the country, has led to an outpouring of responses, in many cases extremely naïve and unreflective. Many of those vociferously condemning female foeticide today are curiously those who uphold ‘traditional’ ideologies of women’s servitude that largely contribute to the problem. It is also surprising to find feminists arguing that the technique offers women a ‘choice’. As a member of the Jan Swatshya Sabha’s campaign against the practice, I would like to share some of my concerns on the subject.

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