A unique campaign has been launched in Betul where name plate of a house is inscribed with names of the family’s daughters. This drive by a man under ‘Beti Bachao Abhiyan’ is aimed at increasing recognition of girls in the society.
Anil Yadav, who works as a security guard at Kendriya Vidhyala in Betul, said his effort might impact depleting child sex ratio of the state and was determined to change the mind set of people regarding girl child in his district.
He said he has started placing name plates outside every house after taking permission of the owner. These name plates also have e-mail ids of the girls living in the house and a slogan ‘Digital India with lado’.
Asked about why he was revealing e-mail ids of girls on public domain, Yadav said the main aim behind the move was to introduce ‘Digital India’ drive among the people of his district and let them become familiar with internet. Yadav told HT: “The e-mail id is created for use of a girl’s family in general as people here (in Betul) do not have any web address till date.”
According to National Family Health Survey (NFHS) 2016, child sex ratio in Madhya Pradesh is 899 girls per 1,000 boys in urban areas and 937 girls per 1,000 boys in rural areas. At present, the total child sex ratio is 927. According to NFHS-2006, the ratio was 960 girls per 1,000 boys.
Yadav’s drive also inspired the authorities to mull such a campaign to save girl child in the district. Betul collector Gyaneshwar Patil said: “This is a brilliant initiative by Yadav. We are also trying to launch a similar initiative very soon.”
A name plate costs Yadav Rs 120, but he does not want to take monetary help from anyone to run this campaign. Besides, he has taken care of creating e-mail ids of the girls.
Till now, he has placed 80 name plates and aims to cover the entire district. “Earlier my aim was just to install name plates in 50 houses but then I thought I should keep doing this because it is increasing recognition of girls in the society, now I want to cover the entire district,” said Yadav.
When asked what prompted him to take up such an initiative, Yadav said: “I gifted a name plate to my daughter on her birthday but then I realised every girl needs this recognition. Their birth needs to be celebrated. Depleting sex – ratio in the state and negativity towards the girl child instigated me to do something like this.”
Yadav is also an active member of Shaurya Dal, an initiative by the government on local level to curtail social evils and empower women. He said with the help of volunteers like Rukmani Sonare, Asha Pan Singh and Kavita Makode, he has stopped 68 child marriages in Betul.