India’s aggressive move in promoting the childcare for Indian daughters is truly a big help to extinguish discrimination in the country. It is about time to give importance and value the existence of the female population in the region. After all, what men can do, women can deliver as well.
Having the notion that males are a dominant figure in India and all other rights solely provided to them is unfair to the female population. Such continuing gender disparity among Indian families is not a good sign for a developing country. But the recent move of Renuka Chowdhury, India’s minister for women and child development, is an empowering sight for Indian daughters.
The barely £1,500 government’s help for Indian poor families to take good care of their daughters instead of simply aborting them upon conception will mitigate the long story of preference to males. India should realize that to be a female does not make you a weaker gender. The country’s culture on males as a stronger gender and also a breadwinner making the life of the female population helpless should be eradicated.
Indian females in the 21st century should not only be seen as homemakers and followers of their husbands, but also as career women with the capacity to improve their status in life.
If the cases of millions of Indian female fetus abortions were true in the past 20 years, as what The Lancet calculated, these could indeed be blamed for the gender imbalance that the country is currently facing in some states. Many Indian female leaders could have been born and could have helped their poor families to get out of poverty.
An initial payment of 15,500 rupees will be given to the poor families who will be willing to raise a daughter. When she reaches 18, the family will be given 100,000 rupees should she be able to meet certain criteria set and remains unmarried.
In doing so, Chowdhury anticipates that this effort will change the perception among daughters as assets rather than merely a liability in the household.
Source: Daily Mail