Indian government subsidises female births to stop child murder
(16 Mar. 2007) : In efforts to combat abortion and the cruel murder of new born girls,
especially in the tribal areas, the government of India is planning to give insurance
coverage for female children, comprising health assistance and education. In many
rural and tribal areas social attitudes and practice permit both foeticide and infanticide,
in order to avoid having to pay costly dowries at the time of marrying the girls.
Now the government wants to take care of their costs. The move was revealed Thursday
in the Lok Sabha, the Lower chamber of the Indian Parliament. Renuka Chowdhury, Minister
of state for Women and Child Development explained that “"The proposal is under consideration
under the 11th plan and is meant to ensure the girl child's survival and
overall development”. However, the benefits will be based on fulfilment of four important
conditions. They are birth and registration of the girl child, immunisation, her retention
in school and delaying her age of marriage beyond 18 years”.