24 June, 2021

Faith's Benign Fiat

Female foeticide is condemned as the sex ratio drops in Punjab

Tribhuvan Tiwari
Faith's Benign Fiat

The Akal Takht's pulse rate has quickened once again as it finds itself rudely jolted out of its routine rhythm. The difference, however, is that this time around it's not some ticklish politico-religious controversy that's grabbed its attention. Instead, the alarm bells have been sent ringing in the highest religious body of the Sikhs, thanks to the declining female to male ratio in Punjab. The takht has come down heavily against the practice of female foeticide which, it believes, is to be blamed for the shrinking sex ratio. Says Akal Takht jathedar Joginder Singh Vedanti: "In accordance with the Sikh rehat maryada—Sikh religious traditions—anyone indulging in the unhealthy practice of female foeticide would be excommunicated or declared a tankhaiya. Women have always held a position of esteem in the community. The practice of female foeticide must be roundly condemned."

The Sikh clergy has taken upon itself the task of restoring the sex ratio of Punjab in general and the Sikhs in particular so that they at least match the national average....

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