Staffordshire University logo
STORE - Staffordshire Online Repository

Safeguarding Our Daughters: Tackling Female Infanticide And Foeticide In India Through Legal And Social Perspectives

SPENCE, Samantha and Suresh, Naveen (2024) Safeguarding Our Daughters: Tackling Female Infanticide And Foeticide In India Through Legal And Social Perspectives. Indian Journal of Law and Legal Research, 6 (1). pp. 2699-2713. ISSN 2582-8878

Safeguarding our daughters published article.pdf - Publisher's typeset copy
Available under License Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) .

Download (329kB) | Preview

Abstract or description

This paper presents a comprehensive analysis of female infanticide and foeticide in India, examining the complex interplay between socio-cultural factors and legal frameworks that have shaped these practices. Despite significant advancements in women's rights and gender equality, female infanticide and foeticide persist as deeply entrenched issues, reflecting persistent gender biases and a preference for male offspring in certain regions of India. This study explores the historical roots, cultural beliefs, and economic considerations that contribute to the continued prevalence of these practices. It also reviews the evolution of legal measures aimed at combating female infanticide and foeticide, including the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (Prohibition of Sex Selection) Act, 1994 (PCPNDT Act), and the impact of these laws on the ground. By analysing data, legal case studies, and qualitative research, the paper seeks to understand the effectiveness of existing interventions and highlights the challenges in eradicating these practices. Furthermore, it discusses the role of education, awareness campaigns, and societal change in shifting the cultural norms that underpin gender-based discrimination. The study concludes with recommendations for policymakers, legal practitioners, and civil society organisations, emphasising a multi-faceted approach that combines legal enforcement with socio-cultural transformation to address the root causes of female infanticide and foeticide in India.

Item Type: Article
Faculty: School of Law, Policing and Forensics > Law
Depositing User: Samantha SPENCE
Date Deposited: 18 Mar 2024 14:27
Last Modified: 19 Mar 2024 04:30

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item

DisabledGo Staffordshire University is a recognised   Investor in People. Sustain Staffs
Legal | Freedom of Information | Site Map | Job Vacancies
Staffordshire University, College Road, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire ST4 2DE t: +44 (0)1782 294000