There is a ray of sunshine in the dark gloom of female foeticide and communities still discriminating against the girl child in many parts of India.
According to the apex adoption agency in India, the number of girl child adoptions in the country has been on a steady rise over the past few years.
Anu J Singh, member secretary of the Central Adoption Resource Agency (CARA), credits this happy trend to a change in the mindset of people at large.
“Whether it is because of social advertisements, movies or real life incidents, the mindset is definitely changing,” Singh said.
“People want to adopt a girl child.”
For instance, 1,819 of 2,990 children adopted in 2008 - both in-country and inter-country - were girls.
In 2009, 1,436 of the 2,518 adopted were girls. The number did come down last year when only 2,638 of the 6,286 children adopted were girls. But there are reasons behind it.
“Adoption of a child of a particular sex also depends on availability,” Singh said. “So if a couple wants a girl child but we do not have one, they are left with the choice of a boy.”
The difference in numbers between 2009 and 2010 also shows a big jump in adoptions in general.
“On the whole, I can say that the trend has definitely reversed and now people want a girl child,” Singh said.
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