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Infanticide And Foeticide: “A Leading Social Evil Against Girl Child”

Prarabdh Tiwari & Ayush Vardhan, School of Law, Christ University, Delhi NCR


This research paper basically talks about the social evils of female foeticide and female infanticide. Furthermore, it talks about the probable causes of both of these. Female infanticide is the killing of a female child from the age group of 0-1 years old whereas female foeticide is the illegal abortion or killing of a female child in the womb of the mother. Both happen due to the society’s obsession with a male child and their disrespectful perception towards a girl child. This paper also deals with the various preventive measures taken up by the government and other public institutions towards both foeticide and infanticide of women and it also various landmark judgements related to the topic. All in all, this paper gives a brief summary about the scenario of female foeticide and infanticide in India.

Keywords: Crime, abortion, illegal killing, dowry, foetus.

Indian Journal of Law and Legal Research

Abbreviation: IJLLR

ISSN: 2582-8878


Accessibility: Open Access

License: Creative Commons 4.0

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