78% mothers-in-law apathetic towards female foeticide: PAU survey
- Bhaskar News
- Feb 12, 2011, 06:00 AM IST
Ludhiana: A survey conducted by the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) has revealed some startling facts. According to the study, 78% of all the mothers-in-law surveyed accepted female foeticide as a social evil but said that it would not cause gender imbalance in the society. They also say that its better for women not to be born than to lead a life of sorrow and misery.
12% said that it was okay to practice female foeticide, while 10% were against the practice.
Amongst daughters-in-law, 77% said that they were against female foeticide.
The women also said that dowry practice was the main reason behind people’s aversion for the girl child. They agreed on the fact that educating girls and making them independent is important.
The survey was done amongst Jat-Sikh mothers and daughters-in-law and included 200 samples. Only those daughters-in-law were surveyed who already had a girl child and wanted to have another child. A study of their economic status, family and education was also done before the survey.
The survey was conducted by Niharika Joshi under the guidance of Dr Ashu Kalaraman.