Need of family planning
That population explosion is the root cause of most of the social evils, would not be an overstatement. It is a grave issue that needs comprehensive strategies and meaningful measures to deal with. Sans such strategies and measures, rising population numbers are like a hydra wreaking havoc in a society. Amongst the most effective measures to check the rapidly growing population is Family Planning. It is our failure to successfully introduce family planning in every part of the country, that today Pakistan’s population is increasing at an alarming rate and according to UN, the country is all set to cross the 300 million population mark by 2050. There is a need to create awareness about population control measures like family planning, which can prove to be an effective tool to push the ‘slow’ button on our growing population rate. Moreover, it is important to break the common but primitive perception that Islam forbids controlling birth of new babies.
To a layman, the meaning of family planning is often vague. He thinks it as a technique to make him unproductive/sterile. In contrast, it is only a means to slow down the rate of reproduction and increase interval between pregnancies. This interval is very important for the health and well being of the entire family. Frequent pregnancies wear down the health of the mother. She becomes weak and prone to many diseases. In addition to health and familial problems due to a larger number of children, there are also multiple financial implications; e.g. it would be very difficult for a poor person to divide his little property into his 10 children. It would be equally difficult for him to sustain his children’s basic nutritional, educational and medical needs. He would not be able to give a happy and respectable lifestyle to his children if his resources are limited as compared to the size of his family.
On national level too, high population throws spanner in the works; as all the governmental projects, plans and schemes of public welfare will prove to be highly ineffective due to it. Instead of being productive, country’s unhealthy, unskilled and uneducated population would consume its resources and the country would soon become resources-deprived and cash-starved. Moreover, such population may fall prey into the hands of unscrupulous elements jeopardizing the peace and stability of the country and tainting its reputation. —Via email