Q2) Do parents have different hopes and standards for their sons than for their daughters?
Patents always give priority to their sons than to their daughters. I think it is all about cultural traditional practices and result of conservative practices and lack of quality education viz awareness. It is because girls are deprived from fundamental rights.
Firstly, these people think that giving education to their daughters is useless. It is like you are planting a flower, nourishing it and when the time comes it will give you it’s essence someone else take it away form you. In our real lives we can see that how a man is providing education to his only son but no of his three daughters.
Secondly, cultural and tradition bound many people to give independence to their girls. According to those parents, a girl is dependent but in reality they are making her dependent. They think that she always needs someone, who will provide her how to make her husband happy and become obedient. They never understand that by providing education to their daughter there will be no any need of someone, they will be dependent on. We have a family friend who has three daughters and one son and he is sending his son to school but not his daughters. The reason he is giving that his religion and tradition is not giving permission to send girls to school.
Thirdly, conservative thinking is biggest cause of different hopes for their sons than for their daughters. These parents think that daughter is a curse and she will be the cause for the dishonor of their family. Therefore they confine their daughters in homes like a hopeless bird in a cage. And if she tried to raise her voice they will kill her in the name of honor.
In short female child is blessing in my opinion and some parents/families do have such priorities but with the passage of time people will change because without role of women societies cannot progress.