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Female feticide: the role of national health mission in India

Arti Sharma (Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management, Indian Institute of Management Indore , Indore, India)
Sushanta K. Mishra (Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management, Indian Institute of Management Indore , Indore, India)
Arunava Ghosh (Information Systems Management, Indian Institute of Management Indore , Indore, India)
Tuhin Sengupta (Information Systems and Operations Management, Goa Institute of Management , Goa, India)

Emerald Emerging Markets Case Studies

ISSN: 2045-0621

Publication date: 30 May 2020

Abstract

Learning outcomes

The learning outcomes are as follows: to understand the cultural and ethical dimensions revolving around the issue of female feticide; to apply the lens of institutional theory with respective change management measures; and to analyze and evaluate the impact of such intervention programs such as Beti Bachao Beti Padhao in the context of emerging economies such as India.

Case overview/synopsis

This case attempts to highlight the innovative and effective governance approach by the Government of Rajasthan (India) and, in particular, the State Health Assurance Agency to curb the menace of female feticide and the rising cases of abortion and sex determination in an attempt to favor a male child. The case concentrates on mainly three dimensions of Indian societal ecosystem, namely, the grave concern of preference of male child over female child leading to widespread cases of female feticide in different states in India with specific focus on the state of Rajasthan; the role of cultural dimension which primarily drives such preferential treatment in rural and urban areas in India; and the importance of using effective policy measures in monitoring various activities, introduction of incentive schemes to patients for preventing sex determination and promoting the birth of female child.

Complexity academic level

This case can be used as a teaching material in the Public Policy course – Social Welfare and Health Policy, Policy interventions, organization theory and change management at the Graduate/MBA level.

Supplementary materials

Teaching notes are available for educators only.

Subject code

CSS 10: Public Sector Management.

Keywords

Acknowledgements

Disclaimer. This case is written solely for educational purposes and is not intended to represent successful or unsuccessful managerial decision-making. The authors may have disguised names; financial and other recognizable information to protect confidentiality.

Citation

Sharma, A., Mishra, S.K., Ghosh, A. and Sengupta, T. (2020), "Female feticide: the role of national health mission in India", Emerald Emerging Markets Case Studies, Vol. 10 No. 2. https://doi.org/10.1108/EEMCS-03-2019-0056

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