Write a short note on Female Infanticide:
Female Infanticide was another in human practice afflicting the 19th century Indian society. It was particularly in Vogue in Rajputna, Punjab and the North Western provinces. Colonel Todd, Johnson Duncan, Malcolm and other British administrators have discussed about this evil custom in detail. Factors such as family pride, the fear of not finding a suitable match for the girl child and the hesitation to bend before the prospective in-laws well some of the major reasons responsible for this practice. Therefore, immediately after birth, the female infants were being killed either by feeding them with opium or by strangulating or by purposely neglecting them. Some laws were enacted against this practice in 1795,1802 and 1804 and then in 1870, However, the practice could not be completely eradicated only through legal measures. Gradually, this evil practice came to be done away through education and public opinion.