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Four crore murders and a happy Women’s Day

On each Women’s Day, I search for homicide statistics of India with morbid interest. As I look at the measly murder numbers that we report, I always wonder who we are really trying to fool; because any genetic scientist can easily deduce that we are a society of murderers, trying to hide more than 4 crore brutal murders that are visible to anyone ready to apply common sense.

It is an astronomical number for cold-blooded brutal murders, and strangest part of this horror-story is that these murders have gone completely unrecorded, whereby allowing us to live with an illusion of India being a peaceful society. But, unfortunately for us, it is not possible to deny for long that these 4 crore plus murders to have actually taken place, because they can be easily exposed through a simple mathematical operation of subtraction.

By rough estimate, we are a 1.3 billion strong nation with 69.7 crore males and 65.2 crore females. So, there is a difference of nearly 4.5 crore between male-female population of India.

For any scientist, this disparity in data requires serious explanation because natural male-female ratio in human beings is very close to 1:1, i.e. of the babies conceived, number of males and females would be almost same. As human sexuality is decided by XX and XY chromosome re-combination, the probability of a child to be a male or female is exactly the same. If we look at the world, this equal preference of nature for both sexes is also clearly reflected in global gender statistics, as it is approximately 1010 males to 1000 females.

Unfortunately, if we look at our own nation, something really unnatural appears to be taking place, as we have about 940 females to 1000 males. So, we have a mystery of 60 females gone missing to each 1000 males that no one seem to by trying to solve.

When I try to solve the case of missing women, human genetics and its expression across the world leaves me with no choice but to use the logic of Sherlock Holmes. If after eliminating the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth, then there is only one possibility.

We have killed nearly 4 crore women. And worse, these are murders that have gone unreported.

If I provide this number with some historical perspective of other such man-caused tragedies, it is nearly double than all the military deaths of World War II and almost seven times of holocaust deaths. It is undoubtedly the biggest crime committed in history of humanity, as it is a lot worse than any episode of war, cruelty or genocide.

What this number actually reflects is murder at home. It reflects breach of the very faith that nature has instilled within each of us. It reflects an act of diabolic betrayal by the very people designed to love you the most. So, nothing can be worse.

As social media and open information sources have connected India with the international community, we are living in the world where we talk of feminism and gender equality as if they are part of the world that we belong to. But, the bitter truth that has escaped our attention is, Indian women have not even acquired the most fundamental right of a human being, i.e. the right to live.

So, we may set social media on fire about a school not allowing girls to wear short skirts or cruel injustice meted out to Kareena Kapoor as she is paid less than Shahrukh Khan, but our quest towards the cause of women of India remains absolutely hollow as we are not cognizing the worst crime that they suffer in our country even before they born.

I admit that female infanticide is an issue that is recognized by the state and earnest efforts are being made to curb the menace. But, what I see seriously missing is the effort to provide it with appropriate perspective.

940 females to 1000 males is a benign statistics without reading reality hidden behind the numbers, so people are not registering it with seriousness. Even though awareness campaigns are going on, we are still not managing to bring a noticeable shift in the numbers.

In addition to the need of re-positioning of female infanticide in the eyes of people by exposing the true nature and scale of this horrific crime, we also need to understand that the disparity in number also reflects other types of murders. Women are not just killed in wombs; they are also murdered through apathy and neglect.

As it is actually International Women’s Day, we should use it to remind us of the truth that we are far from joining international community on this front. There is no real reason to celebrate for women in India till we give them the basics of life. The best we can do today is to recognize the crime that we have committed as a nation and a culture.

Dear Indian women. Sorry for the murders and apathy. But do have a happy Women’s Day.

I am happy to admit that I have managed surviving till now with minimum effort as all my intellect has be used to avoid doing anything meaningful. As I needed to while all the free time I generated in course of being lazy, science has been my favorite muse that I have enjoyed company of. As an effort to kill time (in a way, to get even with it) one fine day I decided to write a science column, more for my personal amusement than to attract readers. After getting educated about the attention span of modern readers from my editor, it became more like a challenge to tackle esoteric subjects in 600 words that I have managed to remain interested in for more than a year now. I do not want to add my worldly profile here as these are ideas that need to be considered only on the merits they carry and not as an opinion of a certain human being.

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