Only the youth of India can change the future of India.
They can make India the global leader in the third millennium.
And they have the firepower to fight the social evil of female foeticide.
But, for this, the attitude and approach of the young have to be changed.
Calling on the Youth
India has the largest youth population in the world. The number of young people between the age of 10 and 24 in India is 356 million, as per the State of the World Population Report of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). The report says "Never before have there been so many young people. Never again is there likely to be such potential for economic and social progress.” Our youth has infinite potential that can be unleashed to move India fast forward.
The young men of India are facing their greatest challenge in social and family life as they seek brides because the continuing trend of female foeticide has reduced the number of potential brides. The World Fact Book gives the number of youth between 15 and 24 in July 2014 as 105,342,764 girls against 118,696,540, showing a deficiency of over 13 million girls. In the number children between 0 and 14 the deficiency of girl children is 22 million. This deficiency is concentrated over some regions of India and the criminal statistics of those regions already show a frightening increase in social evils like child marriages, polyandry and cases of violence against women. Only the youth can change this situation.
Yes, the young people of India, including the adolescents, the youth of marriageable age and the recently married couples, can make a substantial change in the frightening demographic situation. The young people are the ones who have to suffer the consequences and they are the ones who will be able to enjoy the changes brought about by campaigns like #Fight4theFoetus.
Therefore, the focus of the Campaign is on the young people and the tools of multimedia advocacy that appeal to the youth are chosen for the furtherance of the Campaign. The message is spread through the internet and social sites that are the easiest and fastest carriers into the hearts of the young people everywhere.
If the youth of India wake up and rise up to the situation, by the end of the Campaign, after six years, when the Census 1021 takes place, there ought to be a substantial change for the better. None of us can remain bystanders while India goes down the drain. Let us join hands together to stop female foeticide the root cause of the skewed sex ratio and the consequent social chaos.
Support the youth
We all must support the youth in their endeavour to change the nation for the better, to move India forward towards a brighter morrow. They have to be given more opportunities for better education and better placements. They have to be given more effective share in governance and decision making at all levels, especially in the developmental initiatives in the area.
At the same time, the authorities and social reformers have to work for bringing about a change in the attitude of the young people. They have to be convinced of the prerequisites of gender equality, equanimity and justice. The young people have to be made aware of the enormous challenges they are facing, the immense power of social transformation that they have within them and the infinite possibilities open before them.
Important Note: The campaign, #Fight4theFoetus, is only against SEX SELECTIVE FOETICIDE and not against any legal abortion necessitated by other reasons.