Wednesday, April 16, 2008

தமிழன் என்று சொல்லடா..தலை ஒழிந்து நில்லடா?

This article is about female infanticide and how we can work together to eradicate the issue. Why the title? I will explain after we discuss the ideas, right at the bottom of the post(for those who can't wait)

Spread these ideas and make sure that your voice is heard and these ideas are implemented.

- Free education for women upto college and even post graduate education in government run institutions (Similar plans are being implemented in many states)
- Males should stand up to their own moms and dads when they start chirping about unwanted female children. This is one area when where the male "புலி" are acting more like "பசு மாடு".
- Come down hard on eve teasing and harassment activities in states that practice foeticide. The harassment arises out of the same attitude that causes foeticide down the line. A few "நல்ல பைய்யன் s" will end up behind bars, but it will be a better lesson than reminding them that their sisters and mothers are women too. That carrot approach does not seem to be working well anyway.
- Create a feminine movement so that women feel a sisterhood towards each other and stand up for a woman in a neighboring house rather than turn a blind eye.
- Refuse marriage of women into households or be very careful of families that have only male children or a very high percentage of males. Chances are high that they did you know what. Again, a few innocents will be in needless trouble, but sometimes poisonous and normal snakes look alike and it is better to get out a stick and protect your own daughters and sisters.
- Do not provide any government incentives to families that have only males. Again the bad snake good snake logic applies. But that is OK. Consider it payback for all the dead female children.
- Provide extra incentives for families that have more than one girl child. This will help correct the gender balance in a few years.
- If you have a female child, rub it in other peoples faces by educating her and providing her the same opportunities as a male child. This is the one thing that makes female killing folks look foolish and dumb.
- Encourage marriage of males to educated women. A lot of mother-in-laws are scared of educated women as they cannot practice foeticide in those cases.

Now for the title of this article. The above were comments I had originally posted on the Tamil Nadu Orkut board as female infanticide prevention ideas. It was removed by the moderators whose belief in Tamil "superiority" caused them to delete the message rather than acknowledge and think about the social ill afflicting portions of Tamil Nadu. People in Salem, Dharmapuri and Madurai are Tamizhans just like any other Tamizhan.

Like an ostrich that buries it's head in the sand, such willful ignorance of the issues is not going to get the Tamil leadership and the Tamil populace anywhere. Even more disturbing was the fact that three of the four moderators are educated females. Now that is one sisterhood that is definitely not happening!

1 comment:

SBLT - Sri Bhagyalakshmi Travel Access said...

Nice One. I like the 3 ring binder idea because you can add to it and still have it neat.

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