Why do Indians prefer sons?
Men here are considered ‘superior’, ‘calmer’, ‘more sensible’, ‘dependable’, ‘bread-earners’ and even ‘better drivers!’ Naturally society prefers the male child as he is the ‘superior’ child. 😮
Economics plays a large part here. The son is expected to earn and ‘pay back’ by looking after the parents in old age. Usually he does. And in many parts of India the male child grows up and commands a large dowry. A big economic bonanza for the parents, if they manage to sell their son to the highest bidder.
On the other hand, all the money spent on a girl’s education is considered a ‘waste’ as even if the girl earns it will go to the husband’s family. Worse, giving birth to a girl means that the parents will have to ‘buy’ a groom for her when the time comes.
Unless parents stop looking at their children from the economic perspective, the bias against women will never go.
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