Gender Bias, Missing Girls and Population Imbalance: Regional Concerns and Strategies

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  • Author :Sneh Sangwan, Randhir Singh Sangwan, Mahima
  • Year of Publication :2015
  • ISBN: :9788180699993
  • Language: :English
  • Binding: :Hard Bound
  • No of Pages: XII, 119
  • Size: 23 cms
  • Categories: Child Studies, Demography, Geography, Sociology

About the Book :

Even in 21st century, sex imbalance, sex discrimination, female foeticide, and sexselective abortions continue unabated despite the efforts made by governments (Union as well as State) from time to time. The book, based on empirical research, is intended to examine differentials in sex composition and to plead for balancing of population sex component with specific reference to the State of Haryana, which always stood for adverse sex ratio, indicating status of women in the society.
This volume raises the emotive issue of thousands of missing girls in a developed State of Haryana who fail to appear on the social scene even before their birth. The girls are being aborted at a massive scale in recent decades simply for a strong desire to have a son. This raises many questions: Does the issue of son preference still dominate the scene in a patriarchal society, despite the substantial progress in female literacy? Does the gender bias still persists among the educated and betteroff sections of society? Are the sex selective technologies helping the couples to achieve the desired family size and sex composition? To answer these questions, it is imperative to highlight the socio­economic and cultural factors responsible for daughter discrimination and the resulting implications.
The present book very succinctly has intended to emphasize the importance of population sex balance in improvement of regional socio­economic systems and to suggest strategies to achieve the same, based on adequate comprehension of conceptual grasp and analytical discourse on socio­economic and demographic characteristics of regional population, perception and awareness among people, issues and concerns of skewed child sex ratio.

About Author :

Sneh Sangwan Associate Professor in the Department of Geography, BPSM Girls College, BPS Mahila Vishwavidyalaya, Khanpur Kalan (Sonipat), has more than a dozen of research papers and books to her credit. She is a life member of several professional and academic bodies and has participated in more than 25 National and International conferences/seminars/ workshops. Dr. Sangwan was unanimously elected as Member of Executive Committee for the two consecutive terms (20032005 and 20062008) of National Association of Geographers, India (NAGI), which is the premier academic body for geographers of India. She has been awarded Major Research Project by UGC as Principal Investigator.

Randhir Singh Sangwan, Professor, at present, working as in the Dept. of Geography, M.D. University, Rohtak, has more than a score of research papers and books to his credit. Prof. Sangwan has participated in more than 50 National and two International Conferences of IGU held at Glasgow, Scotland (Great Britain) and Tunis (Tunisia, Africa) in 2004 and 2008 respectively. Prof. Sangwan received “Prof. R.N. Dubey Memorial Award2002”—for Academic Excellence in Teaching and Research in Geography. This Award was conferred on by Bhoovigyan Vikas Foundation, the august body of Earth Science Professionals and was presented by the then His Excellency, Vice President of India. Dr. Sangwan also held the positions of Vice President and Member, Executive Committee of National Association of Geographers, India (NAGI), New Delhi.

Mahima is a Post Graduate in Geography Department of Geography, Panjab University, Chandigarh. Mahima has a brilliant academic career and is the Gold Medalist of BA (Hons.) Geography from MDU, Rohtak for which State Merit Scholarship was given to her. Mahima did her Post Graduation from Panjab University, Chandigarh and qualified NET for Lectureship in her First attempt in June, 2012. Her active involvement in research activities is just a beginning and, at present, she has only one book and two research papers to her credit.