Jump to navigation Jump to search Discrimination against girls in India has several sociological impacts. Gender based discrimination against female children is pervasive across the world.
It is seen in all the strata of society and manifests in various forms. As per the literature, female child has been treated inferior to male child and this is deeply engraved in the mind of the female child. There are two main inequalities as pointed out by Amartya Sen: educational inequality and health inequality. These are the indicators of a woman’s status of welfare. In Western nations women typically live about six years longer than men, but this is not true in India.
Evidence shows that girls are given less food and health care than boys, especially in Northern India. Because of some culturally assigned duties, many girls miss out on the chance to improve their overall health. Miller calls this as an extended infanticide, since life sustaining necessities like food, nutrition and health care are denied to the female child. The female child’s status is the product of general societal attitude towards women at large in India.
Girls in India face higher risks of malnutrition, disease, disability, and retardation of growth and development. They have no access to or control over the resources because their work toward raising a family and in the household chores is undervalued. Experts often argue that women’s education is the key to reducing discrimination against girls.
Some studies have shown that educated mothers are far more “efficient” in discriminating against their daughters than uneducated mothers. The female child in India is often deprived from her right of an education. The number of girls dropping out of school far exceeds the boys because girls are expected to help at home, either with household work like washing and cooking or with taking care of younger siblings.
Are dormant until they are of age – and can play an important role in ensuring due process rights for young people in conflict with the law. Day of the Girl Child, according to United Nations Cyberschoolbus paper on the girl child at least one in three girls and women worldwide has been physically harmed or sexually abused in her lifetime.