News reports say that female infanticide has reached the one-crore mark in the last decade in India. And everybody knows that hundreds of women are killed every year on every front and on every imaginable pretext. If this trend continues, there is a possibility of women becoming an extinct species.

Relevance

Let us try to evaluate the relevance of women on earth first before addressing questions on the need for female literacy and empowerment of women.

One still hears questions such as: Is there a need for women to get educated? If so, how far? If women go for jobs, who will look after the family? Aren’t education and employment responsible for the greater individuality that women acquire and which causes split families? Doesn’t freedom for women result in a low morality rate in society? So on, and so forth.

Hence, it would be wise to consider, first of all, the need for the existence of women. Once this fundamental issue is addressed, issues such as education, employment, individuality and freedom permissible for women can be decided.

With its ever-expanding horizons, science in future will no doubt find substitutes for the womb, and the ovum and the “human race” might progress unhindered even without the presence of women.

However, governments should think of establishing a few “women zones” and “women reserves”, where the hunting and killing of women will be prohibited to preserve at least some specimens of this species for the benefit of knowledge.

Women are a rare species as they are the only non-living creatures inhabiting the earth. Their lifelessness is visible in their eyes. They are the only species in the entire world who do not want to give birth to their own kind and have an instinct to kill their own kind, a characteristic known as ‘female infanticide’ in scientific terminology.

Some other peculiarities are also observed in this species. Women are the only ones who willingly allow all kinds of nasty and cruel things to happen to their bodies in the name of enhancing beauty. This phenomenon can be observed in every part of the world and throughout history.

If the women belonging to primitive societies wear heavy copper rings around their necks to “look beautiful” according to their social and cultural code, others who belong to the modern world wear high heels (which are of course lower than hills) for the same reason. Neither of them is bothered about the resultant health hazards.

Such interesting and awe-inspiring creatures should not be allowed to go extinct. If needed, they should be declared as World Heritage sites. It may even be worth considering establishing women breeding centres. Different women could be produced — of different colours, sizes and shapes to suit varied purposes.

An imaginative market researcher may find astonishing market potential in this field. Long live the market economy!

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