abortion of female foetus to high maternal
deaths, from anaemia to domestic abuse,
the list of sufferings by Indian women is
quite long. I think authorities, the civil
society and even families are not bothered
about women," Bedi told IANS. According
to the Economic Survey 2007-08, India's
maternal mortality rate per 100,000 live
births remains a high 450 as against 45
in China, 58 in Sri Lanka and 320 in Pakistan.
think we are competing with some African
nations to do worse in all possible areas
of women's health and their survival,"
said Sabu George, another renowned activist.
foeticide is a thriving business of medical
practitioners in India. In terms of revenue
the market size is at least Rs.10 billion.
We must say our doctors are involved in
mass medical crime," he argued.
said the leading medical institute of the
country, the All-India Institute of Medical
Sciences (AIIMS), started sex determination
and published a research report in 1975
about this medical miracle. "The best
medical college of India paved the way for
the genocide of women. The situation is
really sad and I am sure the dropping sex
ratio will increase violence against women.
areas of Punjab and Uttar Pradesh are bringing
women from other parts of the country for
their boys. Women are facing so much trouble
with one husband, what will happen when
they have more than one man to take care
of," warned the activist, who has been
working for women for the last 22 years.
to the 2001 census, India's sex ratio is
927 women for 1,000 men. The situation is
worse in states like Punjab, Haryana and
Delhi. "The sex ratio is dropping noticeably
in Kerala, Jammu and Kashmir and Assam as
well. We are heading for a tough time,"
March 8, the world celebrates International
Women's Day (IWD). In just three years,
2011, the world will see IWD's Centenary
- 100 years of women's united action for
global equality and change.
concern over the sad state of women in India,
Women and Child Development Minister Renuka
Chowdhury earlier this week has asked men
to show courage and save their better halves.
She and a group of other women took an oath
that men and women should go around the
sacred fire one more time during weddings.
The bride and the groom usually go round
the fire seven times as part of the wedding
rituals. "Take an eighth round and
promise that you will not abet female foeticide,"
she said in a programme in the capital.
Minister Anbumani Ramadoss had earlier said
that he faced a daunting challenge to tackle
female foeticide and child mortality on
one hand and obesity and lifestyle diseases
on the other. "Maternal mortality,
infant mortality and female foeticide are
some of the major issues the government
and civil society need to tackle with urgency,"
Ramadoss had told IANS on the sideline of
a function recently.
said that over 50 percent of Indian women
are delivering babies at home without any
medical guidance. Lacks of proper nutrition
and blood loss are leading to anaemia among
women. "At one hand we are talking
about health tourism and at the other hand
we are not even giving iron tablets to our
rural women. They don't have access to hospitals
or even trained midwives to attend to them
during childbirth," Bedi said. "We
are slowly becoming a prostitute economy.
We can treat foreign patients but deny basic
healthcare to our own people," Bedi