Poll Results on the Killing of #Girls in #India — and a Question for the Public
Pooja’s father had wanted her killed when she was 20 days old, and had tried putting a pillow over her face. But had Pooja’s father known that one day his daughter will be wealthy and world famous, might he have changed his mind? If for nothing else, since he was an educated, well-off man, then for the fact it would mean fame for him too? [To read the story click here]
OUR QUESTION TO THE PUBIC WAS: Should wealthy and glamorous women like Pooja be used as a role models to convince Indians to not kill their daughters?
A total of 3674 people voted on the two choices we offered, and the results are as shown below
62% said NO — wealthy and glamorous women like Pooja should not be used as incentive to stop female infanticide, because the message India needs to hear is no parent has the right to kill their child, regardless of whether a child becomes successful or not! If they can raise a son, there is no reason why they can’t raise a daughter!
38% said YES — wealthy and glamorous women like Pooja should be used as incentive to stop female infanticide, because Indians see their children as economic investments! So we need to give Indian parents economic incentive to not kill their girl children, by using successful, famous, wealthy women as role models.
We were very relieved to observe that a substantial majority of the public, 62%, believes that a child’s right to life is unconditional and non-negotiable!
We however would like to ask why 38% of the public thinks that a child’s life is negotiable and parents should be given financial incentive to not kill?
As you consider this question keep two things in mind:
1. From birth to 6 years, girls in India are killed at a rate that is 75% higher than boys the same age. A decade ago, this rate was 40% higher. This means that the rate at which girls are being killed after birth to the age of 6 years has almost doubled in the last decade! [For more on this click here]
2. Secondly, poverty is not the reason for which little girls are being killed! India’s census data shows that the sex ratio (0-6 years) for girls is normal only in the poorest 20%. As wealth increases the rate of girls killed also increases. It is worst for the top most 20%! [For more on this click here]
THIS IS WHAT WE SEEK YOUR OPINION ON:
Just imagine: a group of people are being killed because of their religion: be it Hindu, Muslim or Christian.
Would we pick out a wealthy and/ or successful person from this community and hold them as example and incentive for the society to not kill this group?
Would we say, look if you don’t kill these people you can benefit from them?
This would be unthinkable! First of all, we wouldn’t do it because we know it won’t convince society to stop the killings! It is absurd to think it will.
Secondly, wouldn’t it be a shameful way to barter a group’s human rights this way?
So then why are the human rights of girls up for sale?