At a time when the government is facing problems in sensitising people on female foeticide to tame the skewed sex ratio, women residents of Bibipur village in Jind district have passed a resolution to include a chapter in school and college curriculum at a gram panchayat at Harijan chaupal on
Taking a unanimous decision during the women gram sabha meeting headed by village sarpanch Sunil Jaglan, a resolution was passed to press for the demand of inclusion of the chapter on gender imbalance, its causes, solutions and law regarding the problem.
Sushila Jaglan, 26, who is MA, B Ed and a resident of the village, said, "If young minds are sensitised about female foeticide at school level by introducing a chapter in their curriculum, it would help prevent killings of fair sex."
Eighty-seven-year-old Santosh Devi, who participated in the gram sabha, said, "The concern regarding female foeticide is growing, which proves that the new generation which is well educated is also not sensitised about the problem."
Jyoti Kumari, a student who participated in the event, said, "The research work by scholars for their PhDs and a chapter at the college level would help combat the menace a lot as it would draw attention of the youth."
Sunil Jaglan, sarpach of the village, said, "The gram sabha has passed a resolution in this regard and a recommendation copy would be sent to the state government, vice-chancellors of the state universities, Haryana school board, CBSE and the University Grant Commission for taking the initiative."
Jatinder Parsad, sociologist at Maharshi Dayanand University, said, "Girls should be promoted to take part in sports and cultural programmes which would improve the situation a lot."
The initiative taken by Bibipur village in combating female foeticide has drawn the attention of several other village panchayats, which have organised women panchayats to bring awareness at the village level.