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Indian Journal of Forensic and Community Medicine


Female Feticide: Awareness and Perception among Secondary School Children in an Urban Slum Area of Mumbai, Maharashtra”


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Author Details: Jyoti Landge, Armaity Dehmubed, Swati Ghonge

Volume : 3

Issue : 1

Online ISSN : 2394-6776

Print ISSN : 2394-6768

Article First Page : 47

Article End Page : 50


Abstract

Introduction: Maharashtra might claim to be among the most progressive states in the country, but the girl child continues to remain under threat. Present study was conducted to asses awareness and perception about female foeticide among secondary school children.
Objectives: To assess the awareness and perceptions of school children regarding female feticide.
Materials and Methods: Study Design: A Cross- sectional study. A total of 300 students who were in 8th to 10th class, English medium were enrolled for study. The information was collected by administering a pretested semi structured questionnaire to the students that had both multiple choice and open ended questions. After taking the consent of the head teacher (principal) of school, the purpose of the study was explained to the students. The students were asked to fill the questionnaire in the presence of investigators and class teacher. Data was entered and analysed by means of simple comparisons and proportions using SPSS16.
Results: Out of total 300 students, 285(95%) were heard about female feticide. Main source of information was TV among 174(58%), followed by newspaper 77(25.66%), 227(75.66%) felt that female feticide is harmful for society and 210 (70%) felt that it is a crime. Answer to female feticide should be stopped? Revealed that punishment 85(28.33%) and equal status to girls 88(29.33%) will help to solve this problem.
Conclusions: Students were aware about this social evil. They felt that this social crime will be harmful for society and it should be stopped.

Keywords:
Awareness, Female feticide, Gender preference, School children, Urban slum