An Insight into the Family Environment of Indian Women in Relation to Female Foeticide and Girl Child
Keywords:Son Preference, Girl Child, Family Environment, Female Foeticide
AbstractThe present study focuses on the Family Environment (FES) of married women in relation to their status and the cause behind female foeticide, conducted in the state of Uttarakhand, India. A total of 600 married women were taken, those with two male children (2Mc), those with one male and one female child(1Fc1Mc) and those with two female children(2Fc). The sample comprised of five blocks of Uttarakhand namely Doiwala, Raipur, Sahaspur, Kalsi and Vikas Nagar. The â€˜tâ€™ test between 2Mc and 2Fc reveals the value as 7.29, between 2Fc and 1Fc1Mc as -4.86, and between 2Mc and 1Fc1Mc as 3.09, â€˜Fâ€™ value shows that there exists a difference between the three groups f (2,585) = 34.37, difference between blocks is f( 4.585) = 23.11, suggesting the existing difference in the family environment of these women. Various measures need to be taken to help women gain control over their lives by coming out of orthodox restrictions imposed undesirably on them.
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