Earlier this year, The Independent revealed that mothers of certain ethnicities were forced to have abortions because their foetuses were likely to be female. This is not a story taking place in a rural third world community in some overlooked country on the other side of the world, but here in the supposedly socially advanced society of Britain. Women from these ethnic communities are coerced into having sex-selective abortions and subjected to a range of abusive behaviour from their respective husbands and in-laws ranging from indirect harassment to ultimatums.
When The Independent published its own analysis of the 2011 National Census, requests were made at Prime Minister’s Question’s by MPs such as Paul Uppal that measures be put in place to curb such abhorrent practices. The Prime Minister commissioned the Department of Health to provide guidelines to doctors to tackle this evident problem.
However, this issue runs far deeper than medical guidelines; this is a social issue with profound repercussions. The preference of having boys over girls is understandable in certain poorer nations where young men are often needed for labour-intensive work on agricultural land, but the same does not apply here in Britain, where both men and women work side by side to earn an honest income. The inter-sibling discrimination based on sex is evident in many ethnic communities in Britain, which stems from the idea that having boys is more honourable and prestigious resulting in unwanted and mistreated daughters. What people class as normative behaviour/ideals can sometimes only be understood from subtle inferences with seemingly innocent, yet tactless comments along the lines of “Don’t worry. God will give you a boy next time.”
This is not a new concept, as God has already addressed these warped and twisted ‘values’ in the Quran; the pagans of Arabia regarded their daughters as a humiliation, whilst at the same time referring to God as having daughters,
“are you to have the male and He the female? That would be a most unjust distribution!”.
The same divine question can be asked of many Hindu communities in Britain; why would one prefer a son, and yet depict God in the forms of female Goddesses such as Lakshmi, Saraswati, Parvati, Durga, and Kali?
“Are you to have the male and He the female?”
Muslim communities in Britain of mainly South Asian descent are not blame-free either; having daughters is still seen as burdensome and secondary to having boys. The irony of pressuring women to have sons is that they cannot choose, it is God;
“it is He who shapes you all in the womb as He pleases.”
How parents raise their children combined with their supplications to God to make their offspring righteous, regardless of whether they are male or female, is what makes them people with standing in the eyes of God. Was it not Virgin Mary that God chose above all women when the Angels addressed her;
“Mary, be devout to your Lord, prostrate yourself in worship.”
It was Mary who was chosen through whom the Prophet Jesus was sent forth,
“who will be held in honour in this world and the next, who will be one of those brought near to God”?
 Connor, S., 2014. ‘’An appalling practice’: David Cameron vows to fight sex-selective abortions’, The Independent, [online] Available at:<http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/an-appalling-practice-david-cameron-vows-to-fight-sexselective-abortions-9203222.html
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