Save The Girl Child
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Girls are the pillars of our society. A small girl child can be a good daughter, a sister, a wife, and a mother. Yet,she is considered as a curse or a burdern rather than a blessing. In India, we worship many female Goddesses at various festivals however a similar treatment isn't given to the women in our homes.
At every stage of life she is discriminated and neglected for basic nutrition, education and living standard. When she was in the womb, she was forced to miss the moment when she was supposed to enter the world. At the time of birth her relatives pulled her back and wrung her neck. After killing her she was thrown into a trash can.During childhood, her brother was loaded with new shoes, dresses and books to learn while she was gifted a broom, a wiper and lots of tears. In her teenage, she missed tasty delicious food to eat and got only the crumbs. During her college days, she was forced to get married, a stage where illiteracy, lack of education resulted in high fertility rate, aggravating the condition of females in the country. Again if this female gives birth to a girl child, the journey begins once again.
Dowry death, bride burning, rape, sexual harassment and child abuse, are other evils that still continue against her.
India is a fast growing country in every field. It is booming in the field of economy, research, technologies and infrastructure. Even after such witnessed advancements in the country, violence against a girl child is still practiced.The reason of female foeticide is technological improvement in the country such as ultrasound, sex determination tests, scan tests and amniocentesis, detect genetic abnormalities, etc. All such technologies have given way to various rich, poor and middle class families to detect sex of fetus and abort in case of girl baby.
Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi has launched a nationwide campaign named “Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao” (means Save the Girl Child and Educate Her). This campaign was launched by him to spread awareness in the society against female foeticide as well as women empowerment through education. Here are what our Prime Minister has said in his speech:
“The prime minister of the country is begging you to save the lives of girls”.
“In nearby Kurukshetra (in Haryana), a boy called Prince fell into a well, and the whole nation watched the rescue operation on TV. For one Prince, people united to pray, but with so many girls killed we don’t react”.
“We are not worthy of being called citizens of 21st century. It is as if we are from the 18th century – at that time, and just after a girl’s birth, she was killed . We are worse now, we don’t even allow the girl to be born”.
“Girls are better performers than boys. If you need proof, just look at exam results”.
3 small steps to make a bigger change:
1- Change from within. Change the society.
The mindset that a girl is a liability needs to be changed and this requires happening at the grass root level. While spreading awareness is critical, there is a need of stricter laws in place which deter people from resorting to female foeticide. Maybe a reward can be given to those to report female foeticide.
Every citizen of a civilized society should be made aware of the fact that a girl child is as important as a boy child. If she gets the right opportunity, she can provide economic support to the family and help them to come out of poverty level.
Education raises the consciousness of a person. The mental pattern in favor of society should be transformed. This is the time for historic changes in the society.
3- Promote women empowerment
-Helping women carve a positive self-image and increase their confidence level
-Enabling them to develop the ability to think critically.
-Ensuring that they have equal participation in decision making, whether it’s in the family or at the community level
SAVE HER. EDUCATE HER. HELP HER RISE.
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