Showing posts with label Infanticide. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Infanticide. Show all posts

Hinduism - ABORTION


Abortion is certainly on the rise in India, which is owing to the country's specific social and cultural issues.

Traditional viewpoints hold this practice in high regard, yet there are occasions when it may be justified, such as when the mother's life is at jeopardy, as with all things when seen through the lens of dharma.

With the principles of compassion, karma, and ahim, the fundamental hegemonic tenet driving the condemnation is that every life is sacrosanct. sa (ahimsa: nonviolence) came in second place.

Life is seen to begin at conception, and any attempt to hinder the development of the fetus, a potential child, is considered murder.

Ancient writings, written in a society that valued big families, are passionately opposed to abortion, depicting retribution and eternal consequences for mothers who terminate their unborn children.

The jiva (soul) has lessons to learn and teach others karmically.

It is consequently improper to obstruct a child's karmic advancement, even if the youngster is handicapped.

Humans have no right to steal someone else's life for their own convenience after it has been entrusted to them during conception.

The important Socio-Scientific fact remains, 

Determining the critical moment when:

1. The child is considered to cease to exist as co-dependent inside the Mother and 

2. It exists as an individual with its own Human rights, and without impacting the health, well being and well fare of the Mother, given her own existential and socio-economic circumstances.

If a couple engages in sexual activity with the main goal of reproduction and fertilization, it is their moral obligation to accept responsibility for their acts and the life they have now produced.

Thus, it may be claimed that only sexual interaction between husband and wife is dharmic in this aspect.

In India, population control entails abstinence (unless children are planned), abortion, or contraception.

The first is the answer advocated by some, however it is very utopian.

Many people would find abortion for unintended pregnancies unacceptable.

Abortion is often practiced illegally as female feticide once the gender of the unborn child has been identified via ultra sound scans.

Thus, contraception, despite some opposition, would be the practical solution, at least in the form of a barrier or the rhythm method rather than emergency contraception as a type of abortion.

With the advancement of medical science, many Indians may now determine the gender of their unborn child and choose whether to retain it if it is a boy or terminate it if it is a girl.

Those in poverty who are unable to do so murder the infant girl as soon as she is born.

While all of this may seem unacceptable to Westerners, the parents frequently face 'dharma dilemmas,' in which they argue that allowing their daughter to die is preferable to allowing her to live a life of misery in a society where dowry demands exist and where boys, not girls, are often seen as the breadwinners.

As a result, some families see daughters as a financial burden who cause issues for everyone, including themselves.

Kiran Atma

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See also: 

Ahimsa; Celibacy; Contraception; Dharma; Dowry; Feticide; Infanticide; Jıva; Karma; Samskaras

References And Further Reading:

Coward, Harold G., Julius J. Lipner and Katherine K. Young. 1991. Hindu Ethics. Delhi: Sri Satguru Publications.

Crawford, S. Cromwell. 2003. Hindu Bioethics for the Twenty-First Century. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press.

Jackson, Robert and Dermot Killingly. 1991. Moral Issues in the Hindu Tradition. Stoke on Trent: Trentham Books Limited.

Menski, Werner. 2001. ‘Hinduism’. In Peggy Morgan and Clive Lawton, eds, Ethical Issues in Six Religious Traditions. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1–54.

Hinduism - How Prevalent Is Female Infanticide In Hindu Societies?


The habit of parents murdering their children is unusual and widely condemned.

These children are often illegitimate, and infanticide or abandonment is a way to escape the societal consequences of what is considered an unethical conduct.

In Hindu mythology, there are multiple instances of this behavior, the most well-known of which is Kunti.

The sage Durvasas has given Kunti a mantra that grants her the ability to conceive and carry offspring for the gods.

Kunti employs the mantra on the spur of the moment to conjure the Sun, through whom she conceives and carries her son Karna.

She puts the kid in a box and abandons him in the Ganges in her terror at becoming a mother unexpectedly—she was still unmarried and reasonably worried about what others may think.

In some circumstances, newborns are murdered by their parents as a result of the family's desperation.

Almost all of the children slain in these situations are daughters.

The parents would face a murder charge if they were caught.

However, if a kid was not delivered in a hospital, where births are properly documented, infanticide is generally difficult to establish.

Daughters are generally considered as a huge financial burden for impoverished families, since the cost of arranging their weddings is often more than they can afford.

The traditional Indian marriage arrangement, in which a family's sons bring their wives into the family home, perpetuate the joint family, and care for their parents in their old age, reinforces this attitude toward daughters.

Because daughters become members of their husband's family after marriage, they are sometimes seen as "temporary" residents in their parents' houses.

May You Be the Mother of a Hundred Sons, by Elizabeth Bumiller, was published in 1990.


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