Female Infanticide

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This article expresses a pro-Islamic viewpoint.

Female foeticide is a 'monstrous' crime operating in world, particularly in the developing countries. Girls and women not only face inequity and inequality, they are even denied the right to be born if their families do not wish so. In fact, many families do not wish their women folk to deliver baby daughters.

The unethical and illegal use of medical technology combined with a cultural preference for sons rather than daughters has led to the mushrooming of neo-natal clinics, where parents can check the sex of their unborn child.It is a deeply ingrained patriarchal attitude to which even the medical profession and the women, who in spite of being the victims, unthinkingly subscribe. The only long-term solution is to change attitudes. Conventionally girls are seen as burdens, as huge dowries have to be paid for their weddings and even if they do earn income, it adds only to the capacities of the family into which they marry.

Certain studies have postulated that a woman, whether educated or uneducated, rich or poor, is not conscious of her own identity, which is as essential for progress as a man’s. She is unable to recognize her role in resolving her problems because of the prevalence of systems like dowry, women’s underemployment, exploitation in the society etc.

Al-E-Imran — 3

In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

When she was delivered she said: "O my Lord! behold! I am delivered of a female child!" And Allah knew best what she brought forth, "And is not the male like the female. I have named her Mary and I commend her and her offspring to Thy protection from the Evil One, the Rejected." (36)

An-Nahl — 16

In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

With shame does he hide himself from his people, because of the bad news he has had! Shall he retain it on (sufferance and) contempt, or bury it in the dust? Ah! what an evil (choice) they decide on? (59)

At-Takwir — 81

In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

When the female (infant) buried alive, is questioned― (8) For what crime she was killed; (9)