Bikers rally against female foeticide

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Rohatk
  • Updated: Feb 22, 2015 19:04 IST

In a novel endeavour, a New Delhi-based group of bikers comprising 25 women and 75 men bikers kicked-off a rally to spread awareness about gender discrimination from the Chhotu Ram stadium here on Sunday.

The 'Mission Hazaar' campaign is an initiative of global human rights organisation - Breakthrough - that also organised a public show regarding other issues concerning women.

Students of various private and government schools participated in the event.

"Women are seldom able to take part in decisions pertaining to their own lives. They are denied their rights to choice, education, career, health, and mobility. Traditional norms perpetuate discrimination and further restrict their opportunities," a spokesperson of Breakthrough said.

'Mission Hazaar' aims at reaching the figure of 1,000 girls per 1,000 boys in India, where the sex ratio is tilted towards males - there are only 914 females for every 1000 males on an average.

Sharing the report of a survey it conducted in the state, the Breakthrough spokesperson said 66% of the people who were questioned said women are rarely sighted at public places during odd hours of the day. "While only 11% women are seen working in organised sectors, there are only 47% women in families, while 90% parents prefer boys over girls," the spokesperson added.

Arjuna awardee Poonam Chopra was the chief guest on the occasion.

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