The 'Beti' Issue: Declining 'CSR' in India

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India's Journal, July-August, 2018

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Trilok Singh
Women Empowerment; Child Sex Ratio (CSR); India; Human Right; Girl; Child
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This article examines how orthodox ideas of 'women empowerment' have changed for women living in the context of insecurity, examining many facts related to declining 'Child Sex Ratio' (CSR) in throughout India. The article explains, what kind of sex ratio we have in India, provides fluctuating official data of 'decreasing child sex ratio' in the country, reasons behind decreasing the CSR and wayout to equalise the same in India. It is observed that number of girls as against boys in certain states is declining which is a matter of great concern. The females are even coerced to give birth to male child. Notably, India has 63 million ‘missing’ women and 21 million unwanted girls. In such circumstances education of women needs to be used and effective means for their empowerment and education will prepare them to have a control over their lives. The mindset which militates against the girl child could not keep pace with Political, Economic progress and literacy. So there is a dire need to review the ongoing strategies and re-examine the several efforts which formulated by several agencies to cycle the declining rate of CSR in India.