The Beginning of the End?
It is happening. It has begun.
The consequences of low female-to-male sex ratio have begun to show.
Those protesting the female feticide have argued that if female feticide continues, soon there will be a time when men will find it hard to find a bride. Many of us bloggers have amused ourselves at the state of affairs when that happens. Well, it looks like we won’t have to wait too long for those times. The amusement ride begins.
A story in the Times of India reports that a gang (of women) has been looting men having a hard time finding brides. Apparently, the women (gang-members) first provide women for marriages for a sum (30,000 – 50,000), after which they rob the families and disappear. No, they do not leave the ‘bride’ behind but take her along too. Follow the above link for the story.
Will this be the beginning of the end of female-feticide?
(My argument against female-feticide is not from a utilitarian theory or consequential theory but from Kant’s categorical imperative. That is, female-feticide is wrong not because it will create a shortage of women for men, and therefore in the interest of the larger number of people to stop female feticide. Female-feticide is wrong because it is wrong to discriminate against any social category; this being a universal principle, irrespective of the harm or good it causes to others outside that social category.
So, though the above story does draw attention to one of the consequences of female-feticide, I do not make it the centerpiece of my argument against female-feticide.
The story does give a tickle, though, I must say.