This op-ed piece in The Hindu (http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/op-ed/article2826252.ece) makes the important point that “Indian policymakers, accustomed to ‘targeting’ the poor (i.e. BPL) need to bravely enter the unfamiliar terrain of targeting the not-so-poor, the upwardly mobile, the wealthy” when it comes to female foeticide. I also like the way it takes a dig at government pro-girl-child campaigns that talk of protecting and coddling the girl child. Patriarchal attitude, it says, that comes from the notion that women have to be looked after. But haven’t we all written school essays on ‘Female Foeticide, A Social Evil’ and said the very same things, sometimes in Hindi too? So where does it all start?
And here’s the response to the first op-ed piece (http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/op-ed/article2858004.ece) that, quite predictably, says the law is good, it’s just the implementation that’s the problem. This piece has good points too, though ones often heard before.
And as an aside, I like this new ‘Debate’ column that The Hindu’s started on it’s Op-Ed page. Here is one side of a debate that mentions, in passing, the relationship between caste and honour killings (http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/op-ed/article2939240.ece).