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India is trying for gender equality

India is one of those Asian countries that have “missing daughters” and the government is attempting to end this gender discrimination.

One of their fist plans is to have incentives for family with daughters. This has been submitted to the Planning Commission by the Women and Child Development Ministry.

In an effort to reduce gender discrimination against girl children, the government plans to provide cash and non-cash incentives to parents in backward districts to encourage them to register the birth of daughters, send them to school regularly and not rush them into marriage as soon as they are 18 years old.

Considering girls deserve to be registered at birth, just like boys and they also deserve an education, I am very much in support of this. I just hope that some Indian families will see these incentives as a good thing and take them!

The gross enrollment rate of the girl child in schools is still lower than boys’ and their dropout rate very high. According to the National Family Health Survey-3, 57 per cent of girls are married before the legally marriageable age of 18. In some backward areas, the proportion of child marriages is as high as 80 per cent of marriages of girls.

These statistics are definitely discouraging and shocking. Recently, I’ve been reading Gandhi’s autobiography, and he had a child marriage, of course this was in the 1800’s and it was hell. I can’t even imagine child marriages still occurring, as they obviously aren’t in the best interest of any child.

Anyway, this plan is going to discussed on November 8 by the Committee. My hope is that this will actually be able to bring some more gender equality, while it’s not much, it really is a start. Ultimately, no family should feel they need incentives to have daughters, or keep her in school, but if this is the way things need to be done, then so be it.

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  1. Daniela Pereira
    April 7, 2008 at 4:42 pm

    Hi! India is a country that i would really like to go some day because it fascinates me! well but this is a really important issue that makes me sad and that we can´t imagine that could happen in a western country like mine (Portugal). I think that this is so strange! how can a girl be “no one” in her own country? we are on the 21st century and things like that should never happen… but it unfortunatly does and it’s a shame that the government have to create money incentives to make the parents registrate their daughters.

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