PROFESSOR ALI SUKHANVER
Julie Mullins writes in her article Gender Discrimination, “Sex-selective abortions are even more common than infanticides inIndia. They are growing ever more frequent as technology makes it simple and cheap to determine a fetus’ gender. In Jaipur, a Western Indian city of 2 million people, 3,500 sex-determined abortions are carried out every year. The gender ratio acrossIndiahas dropped to an unnatural low of 927 females to 1,000 males due to infanticide and sex-based abortions.” According to a research report prepared by a multi-institutional team of Boston University School of Public Health researchers, more than one in four women belonging to the low-income Mumbai community have to face violence or other forms of maltreatment from in-laws during pregnancy or after giving birth. The research report referred to a number of women who complain that they are always pressurized by their in-laws to become pregnant, the in-laws make decisions regarding the timing of conception or abortion and dictate who is going to take care of the child. The situation becomes more painful for the unfortunate mother if unluckily the new born baby is a female child.
Physical harassment leading to sexual exploitation and rape is another grave threat to the women inIndia. Helen Pidd is a well-known writer and a reporter on the Guardian UK. Last July she penned down a very comprehensive and informative article in the Guardian. The title was, ‘Why isIndiaso bad for women?’ In this article she referred to a female newsreader on NDTV who said “We have a woman president, we’ve had a woman prime minister. Yet in 2012, one of the greatest tragedies in our country is that women are on their own when it comes to their own safety. No respect for women. No respect for our culture. And as far as the law is concerned: who cares?”
The Indian media particularly the electronic media is no doubt one of the best in the world. Blessed with a lot of skill and talent and with an urge of performing in the best possible manner, the Indian electronic media tries to depict the true picture of the Indian society through various feature films and TV dramas. It is the result of its professional perfection that the artistic but very much realistic creations of Indian electronic media are very much popular with the viewers in the neighbouring regional countries likePakistan,Bangladesh,Srilanka,NepalandChina. In short the stories of women rights exploitation in the Indian society are getting very popular in these neighbouring societies also. It is the responsibility of the concerning regulatory authorities of the neighbouring countries to keep a vigilant on the hazardous and disastrous effects of these programs in the larger interest of their people.