The Ideological Causes Of Infant Mortality Essay

1128 Words Mar 2nd, 2016 5 Pages
The Ideological Causes of Infant Mortality in India
If I mention infant mortality, most people would think that in a rural poor family they have no money, cannot afford good food and expensive supplements or it is difficult to even go to a large hospital. At the time of childbirth, women can only go to some small clinics or even just give birth at home. Due to lack of nutrition and medical resources, it is easy to make neonate have low weight and infected by diseases which lead to death during infancy. Even pregnant women during childbirth are affected by dystocia, but there are no conditions to promptly rescue them, which lead to infant mortality. Many people believe that infant mortality just because of some material causes like poverty or backward medical conditions. Actually, there are some ideological reasons also can lead to infant mortality in India. The most important are gender discrimination and religious issues.
The first is the issue of gender discrimination. "Indian society is patrilineal, patriarchal, and patrilineal" (Ahmad 14). Indians have an extremely patriarchal ideology, even in most Indians minds; looking up to men and down on women is historical, cultural, and immutable. Women are born with a lower status than men, so that if a family has both a son and a daughter in most cases, parents will give better resources to their son instead of their daughter. It is hard for women to get attention, difficult for them to get healthy foods, to get enough…

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