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Female Foeticide and Infanticide: Punjab and Tamil Nadu

Meera Lal (Author)

Female foeticide and Infanticide in India has increasingly become a matter of concern for all. So much so that even the Media has taken up this cause. In the vicinity of a private hospital in Patiala district, a 30 ft deep well yeided 50 dead fetuses, all female. Despite the PNDT Act, the aborting of female fetuses continues virtually unchecked. The 'unaceptable crime is still flourishing. This 'Silent Genocide' has assumed alarming proportions.

This book attempts to address the crucial issue of female foeticide and infanticide in India, with special reference to the states of Punjab and Tamil Nadu. Taking a close look at the population, child sex ratio and fertility rate in the country, it makes an in-depth study of the socio-economic status of the families in Punjab and Tamil Nadu where the declining sex ratio is more prevalent.

Probing the socio-economic reasons behind the problem of female foeticide and infanticide, it analyzes the impact of prosperity in the two states, thanks to increased education and employment among the women, leading to women resistance. It also examines the attitude of government officials towards implementation of the Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques Act.

The book will be useful to all concerned with this emerging issus, in particular the policy makers, the law makers and government implementation machinery.

The book is part od a project sponsored by ICSSR, New Delhi. The research work was conducted at Instiute of Public Enterprise Hyderabad.

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About the author

Meera Lal

Dr. Meera Lal is currenlty Reader in Economics, Daulat Ram College, University of Delhi. She was awarded Ph.D. degree for her thesis on Personnel management in nationalised Banks and has done post-doctoral research on Qualiity Circles. Sheis an Executive Member of the Indian Society of Labour Economics and Research Development Association, Jaipur and has published a number of Articles in various journals and conference volumes.

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Bibliographic information

Title Female Foeticide and Infanticide: Punjab and Tamil Nadu
Author Meera Lal
Format Hardcover
Date published: 25.02.2014
Edition 1st. ed.
Publisher Women Press
Language: English
isbn 9788189110390
length xv+172p., Illustrations; Maps; 23cm.