India is considered to be one of the worst countries in the world for women, and rightly so. The capital of our country is also considered to be the national rape capital, women are burnt for dowry, girls are killed inside their mothers’ wombs, and the ones who aren’t, are made to drop school and are married off at a young age. Thankfully, the world has now taken a notice of this, which has led to the government and the public, work towards making India, a safer place.
After introducing a helpline for female railway passengers to ensure their safety, the Indian Government is now getting ready to address one of the biggest problems in north India- female feticide. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, kicked off a new campaign in Haryana today: ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ [Save the daughter, educate the daughter]. This will focus on 100 gender critical districts where the child sex ratio is particularly low.
According to a report by Zee News, PM Modi said, “As a society we all have a responsibility. We have to be aware,” adding, “The thought that only a son will take care of you during your old age is incorrect.” Addressing the event, he also thanked Union Minister Maneka Gandhi, Haryana Chief Minister Manhor Lal Khattar and actress Madhuri Dixit for being part of the programme. Dixit is also the brand ambassador of the campaign.
According to the 2011 Census, the number of females per 1,000 males in Haryana is 879. Looking at the Child Sex Ratio figures, the United Nations has declared that the issue amounts to a national emergency.
[Feature Picture Courtesy: Tribune India]