A princess without a kingdom

Everytime, a female child is born into a family, she’s given the most beautiful nicknames from doll, goddess and most commonly princess. Princesses blessed with luxury, given everything she could ever want, with power and prestige. In society, female children are treated far from the likes of the Disney princesses people see on screen. Every odd is stacked against women, especially from birth. From female foeticide and female infanticide being prominent in India to not getting the same opportunities as her male counterparts in the workplace. Society is full of double standards and these double standards are always against someone who doesn’t fit into the typecast of a “normal male”.

Before even being given a fair chance at life, society lose many female children because of female foeticide and female infanticide. These practices exist due to years of patriarchy enforcing many systems like dowry etc that do not favour women.

India has one of the highest female foeticide incidents in the world. The female child population in the age group of 0-6 years declined from 78.83 million in 2001 to 75.84 million in 2011. During the period 1991-2011, the child sex ratio (0-6 years) declined from 945 to 914.

The first ever global study on the issue on Female infanticide, Asian Centre for Human Rights (ACHR) stated that female infanticide for son preference due to variety of reasons is a worldwide phenomenon with 1.5 million female foetuses being aborted every year.