At first when I began reading this article about Indian girls who had names meaning “unwanted” changing their names, I was happy. I think it’s really cool that those girls took it upon themselves to change their names into something more beautiful with a special meaning to them. As I went on to read the article though, I was really disturbed. Obviously I’m very aware of how fortunate I am to be a girl in the United States, but reading that article really made me feel awful. Abortion rates are the highest for female fetuses in India- that’s awful. It’s all because of the traditions and culture of the country. Boys are more useful and much less expensive. Boys come with dowries later in life with a wife, while girls cost the family the dowry. It’s sad that those money issues have to affect a girl’s life so much. Even the death toll of girls is much higher in India due to neglect of that gender. I was happy to see the government has brought some incentives for keeping female children around- “Other incentives, announced by federal or state governments every few years, include free meals and free education to encourage people to take care of their girls, and even cash bonuses for families with girls who graduate from high school.” I hope those bonuses really start to make a difference in India.
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