Most of us have this inkling that a boy baby be born to us. It is a generalisation, i agree. Perhaps, the trend is now changing, but in a very slow manner.
Being a woman myself, i've faced discrimination. On the road when i'm walking home, or by neighbours. And a woman is troubled at home because she gives birth to a girl. I've seen a situation, where the daughter-in-law was thankful that her second child was a son lest she be thrown out of her husband's house.
And now, somebody plans to legalise foetal gender selection. That's disturbing, to say the least.
Nature has its own ways of balancing. I saw a programme on alligators the other day. It featured the nesting habits of the same. Nature makes one alligator to maintain higher temperatures in the nest which brings out males from the hatched eggs. Another's nest has a lower temperature, wherein females alligators are born.
Mindblowing. Nature brings about the balance of the sexes in a very delicate manner, without the knowledge of individuls. If such is the case with alligators, a similar rule holds good with respect to human beings too.
Viewing from a broader perspective, the sex ratio of humans is counterbalanced. Quite precisely.
The present sex-ratio is not something that is to be smiled at. It is worsening day by day. Female foeticide is rampant. Apparently, statistics say that three million female infants will be killed in the coming few years. Trying to comprehend the number and the magnitude that it portrays will take me some time. Three million lives lost, down the drain simply because somebody does not want it.
And if a legislation is passed which allows gender-selection, the society is doomed. For sure. People will become more selfish. If not anything else. This happens when, India, Nature, the Ganga, the Cauvery are chacterized by feminity.
Female infanticide/foeticide is enhanced(for want of a better word) by the socio-cultural practises that we've established amongst us. This write-up throws more insight. Why and how, i don't know.
Where are we heading? Doomsday awaits us. To think about the repercussions is scary, to say the least.
And we call ourselves human... God save us!
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PS: I googled to search for some articles pertaining to this subject. Along with the above-mentioned sites, i found one which offered me 96% chances of bearing a baby boy with no ill-effects. One amongst hundreds. Maybe thousands even.