Future grim if female infanticide, foeticide
Last Updated: Wednesday, April 17, 2013,
Nagpur: With growing incidence of female infanticide and foeticide in the
country, about two crore eligible bachelors will find it hard to get brides in the
coming time, National Commission for Women on Wednesday said.
“The NCW is apprehensive that about two crore eligible bachelors will face
acute shortage of finding women to marry. It will be difficult for these young
boys to find girls for marriage if the trend of female foeticide and infanticide
continues,” NCW Chairperson Mamata Sharma said.
She said the finding was based on data the NCW culled from various surveys
and other sources.
“The female sex ratio would be dropped to such a level that it would be very
difficult to bridge the huge gap,” she told reporters.
Sharma is in the city to participate in a function.
She said the NCW was initiating steps to curb trafficking of women
to India from the border areas of Pakistan, Nepal, China and
“Nepal border is more sensitive as compared to others. The NCW
will soon hold a meeting with director generals of security forces
manning borders on the issue,” she said.
Sharma said NCW was intensifying its awareness campaign to stop
the practice of female foeticide and infanticide, which she said was
prevalent in some parts of the country.
She said the Commission was in the process of signing an MoU
with the Western Railways in a bid to sensitise its staff on how to
behave with passengers, especially women.