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Shadow Of Loneliness

Women have no power themselves even
though they have legal recourse. It takes
guts for a woman to stand up against her
husband, in-laws or parents if she meets
with dowry problems or sexual violence.
Child marriages restrict the girls and their
There is malnutrition, poverty, high illiteracy
and infant mortality ailing the society today
in India. Only 40-50 percent women get
antenatal care. In Bihar, Madhya Pradesh,
Uttar Pradesh, Maharastra, Orrisa and
Gujarat the registration for health services
for mother and child are low (5-22% in
rural) and (21-51% in urban) areas.
A pregnant woman is dependent on the
mother-in-law and husband for any
treatment that she needs. Atrocities against
women has risen. Every 26 minutes a
woman is molested. Every 34 minutes a rape
takes place. Every 42 minutes a sexual
harassment incident occurs. Every 43
minutes a woman is kidnapped. And every
93 minutes a woman is burnt to death over
dowry. One-quarter of the reported rapes
involve girls under the age of 16 but they
are never reported.
The government’s initiative of saving the girl
child has started with a ‘palna’ (rocking
cradle). It is not a rocking scheme. The NGOs
and other agencies working to save the girls
from becoming victims of infanticide feel
this could be a way that parents who give
birth to the girl and leave it in the
government’s care! The scheme has sent
wrong signals to poor parents! In Tamil
Nadu where the scheme started off has not
been so successful.
Girl child education in India : The
constitution guarantees free primary school
education for boys and girls up to 14 years
of age. But till today, only 39% of girls and
64% of boys get education in Bihar,
Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya
Pradesh. If women teachers were increased
chances are that girls in rural areas would
continue to study. As girls get enlightened,
they will raise better families.

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