“We say motherland, mother tongue and worship a number of Goddesses. But what are we doing to protect the girl child and treat her equally with a male baby?” asks leading psychiatrist I.Selvamani Thinakaran.

The stereotypical thinking and societal and family pressure around a female baby drive women to abandon babies, she points out. “Parents should shed such abnormal thinking and aversion towards the girl child,” Dr. Selvamani adds and hopes that childless couples and others in general will opt for adoption in the future.

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