7. Female Foeticide/Infanticide
With many families under the pressure of dowry, is it strange that women are considered a burden? Besides, she may be a threat to the family’s honour, by not being pretty or fair enough to be married, or by getting raped by some perverted beasts who are looming around. Boys, on the contrary, are the torch-bearers of the family, as they carry forward the name and bring dowry. Hence, they prefer female foeticide, which is seen in cities and educated families, too, who choose medical abortion in place of feeding the lady with pregnancy-terminating herbs. They even opt for infanticide by drowning the baby in milk, feeding her salt or oversized sweets, or burying her alive.