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J Res Educ Indian Med . 1986; 5(2): 25-31


SOME PSYCHO-SOCIAL ASPECTS OF INFERTILE WOMEN

LAXMI BHARGAVA, SURESH KUMAR, G.S. NEPALI AND P.V. TEWARI.


Abstract

The problem of infertility is as old as the history of mankind. In widely separated cultures and generations it was regarded not as an illness but as a curse and disgrace. Prayers, religious rites and magical potions were employed to propitiate the angry Gods to avoid their wrath. The barren woman was the victim of superstition, fear and prejudice. Through the ages and until our generation, the onus of barrenness fell upon the woman. She is the victim of humiliating commentaries of her relatives and neighbours, who do not allows infertile woman to touch or even look at their children. She is considered as inauspicious and ill omen. There is the added misery of the idea of “directly divine wrath” visiting itself in this calamity, which may itself further through her to the rest of the household. Indian childless woman is suffering in the hands of superstitious and prejudicial society. Day to day news items about suicide and murders of infertile wives reflects the cruelty, misery, oppression and brutality with which our society is treating them (Punjab Kesari, 11th Aug. 1980; Aaj, 19th May, 1982, 16th June, 1982 and Dainik Jagran, 14th April, 1983).

Key words: PSYCHO-SOCIAL, INFERTILE WOMEN






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