INDIA reportedly figures 114th among 134 countries when it comes to man-woman equality though it is now considered the second fastest growing economy in the World Economic Forum (WEF) rankings, according to a recent PTI report from New Delhi. The WEF has placed India at the bottom of table on health and survival issues, reflecting the huge gender gap as the worse is to share India's Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen's concern over female foeticide and 25 million 'missing women' in India.
The India Gender Gap Review 2009 ranked the neighbouring country behind Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nepal - showing that women in those countries share resources with men more equally than in India. Her performance in empowering women, however, is strong ranking at the 24th position in the world. The WEF, known for Davos-based global conferences and studies has made 'strong remarks' as mentioned by the news agency report 'against the wide inequalities' between the health facilities extended to males and females in India. 'We find that there are still persistent gaps in health and survival, a fact that contributes to India's 'missing women', the forum is quoted to have said.
The poverty-stricken Hindu families in the vast rural areas of India face rather acutely the problem of 'dowry' for their daughters' marriages. Dowry, in fact, stands as an obstacle for millions of girls in poor families of rural India to get married as hardly the helpless parents can meet the demand of dowry. So, many parents prefer going usually for female foeticide with a view to getting rid of such 'dowry burden' in future with female-child. This has also caused