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Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Declining growth rate

"According to one UN estimate cited by DCAF, between 113m and 200m women are now demographically “missing”. This gender gap is a result of the aborting of girl foetuses and infanticide in countries where boys are preferred; lack of food and medical attention that goes instead to brothers, fathers, husbands and sons; so-called “honour killings” and dowry deaths; and other sorts of domestic violence. It implies that each year between 1.5m and 3m women and girls are lost to gender-based violence. In other words, every two to four years the world looks away from a victim count on the scale of Hitler's Holocaust." - The Economist

The above article is an alarm on the dangerous drop in women growth rate, which is already creating issues all over and may aggrevate them.

If they are low in number - as in certain asian cities in Philipines, China, India etc., (the ratio varies between 1 : 1.2 and an alarming 1 : 1.4), they will be the most likely targets of assault. More Men Vs Less women -- You can visualise the chaotic situation. However, the general public is still not aware of this equation and prefer to have more boys.. who they feel as supportive at the elder age.

I believe this trend is changing slowly, but not at a pace required by the nature to balance the imbalance. I feel the regional Governments have to take intiative in this regard to educate people to prevent the decline in women growth rate. This would be more or less similar to the family planning initiatives promoted by them few decades back.

Now itself, I could hear from my family circles / friends that there are less no. of girls to get married eventhough we have enough would-be grooms. I hope this demand for girls would reduce the dowry issues as well - which is prevalent in many asian nations, not only in India.

Just a positive hope....
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Blogger thennavan said...

I "know" the problem firsthand :-)

Tuesday, December 13, 2005 9:24:00 PM  
Blogger Anurama said...

"there are less no. of girls to get married eventhough we have enough would-be grooms"

ha ha... good point to be noted. atleast the would-be grooms should realize this once they attain the status of 'to-be-dad-soon' ;)

Wednesday, December 14, 2005 1:32:00 AM  
Blogger Ganesh said...

our people will realize penn is 'ponn' very soon
our society will face all kinds of problem like thennavan said.

Wednesday, December 14, 2005 8:59:00 AM  
Blogger TJ said...

After all the valid points you said, the Myth that a male child will look after the parent better than the female child is the root cause for this problem.
Earlier, it was 'Aasaikku oru ponnu, aasthikku oru pian'.
Now, when it comes to only one, more people choose to hve a boy, due to the above mentioned myth.

Wednesday, December 14, 2005 12:01:00 PM  
Blogger Ram.C said...

thennavan... :-)

anurama.. i believe, the young generation's preferences will change soon.

Ganesh.. agreed. that's why i am worried. I have a son :-( :-(

TJ.. U r right. This attitude of 'only one' has put some burden on the preferences. Need to educate people some more that whatever is OK... for that some social deliverables should also chagne.

Thursday, December 15, 2005 10:18:00 PM  

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