A South Indian paper has offered its readers proven” advice on how best to consider a lad, including consistently sleeping with your face turned leftwards, never skipping breakfast and eating lots of mutton.
The guidance, which ran in the Kerala newspaper Mangalam on Tuesday, emphasises the deep-rooted and often fatal preference for male children that persists in Indian culture.
Disclosing its processes mightn't be ensured, the column indicated that girls ate more than their ordinary intake each day, and appearing to conceive lads needed seriously to ensure they never missed breakfast.
Mutton and dry grapes were the best food for girls, while guys needed to avoid eating food with high acid content, it said. Also, it guided readers to try procreation of the week, when sperm was “scientifically” revealed to be more powerful on just the third, first, fifth or seventh days.
The column was translated from Malayalam by the Indian feminist site the Ladies Finger, which “recommended” the guidance to its readers, “especially if, God forbid, the blood moon forfeits conducted by your extended family for a male heir haven’t worked out yet”.
A preference for boys is deeply ingrained in a lot of India’s cultures, and every year thousands of girls are thought to be aborted. The result is a heavily distorted sex ratio, with India recent census finding there were 940 girls produced each year for every 1,000 lads. The disparity is worst a state in the nation’s north, in Haryana, where merely 830 girls are born for every 1,000 lads.
A leading activist in the movement against female foeticide, Ranjana Kumari, said efforts were to change community attitudes about the economical potential of girls, which she said was the most effective way of dissuading people from aborting female foetuses. “What works best is altering the image of girls in our society. Demonstrating that girl could be educated, employed, look after their families she said.
Kumari said Kerala was one of India’s states that were most progressive and knowledgeable. Therefore it was surprising they were “taking such lies” that was dumb, unscientific as those printed in Mangalam.
Narendra Modi, the Indian prime minister, has been vocal about the necessity to end the practice, comparing foeticide to Ravan, a demon king from Hindu scripture whose effigy is burned each year. In a speech in 2013 to mark the ceremony, he ranked sex-selection alongside corruption, caste discrimination, religious hate and terrorism as the principal “evils” in Indian society.