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Jackie to help save the girl child

entertainment Updated: Oct 25, 2012 02:04 IST

The Bihar government has roped in actor Jackie Shroff to lead a campaign against female foeticide in the state.

Shroff, who met Health minister Ashwini Choubey has agreed to lead the campaign against killing of girl child through the state government’s scheme, Bitiya Bacho Andolan (save the girl child movement), which was launched in May last year.

Shroff promised to create awareness among people to fight the social menace, Choubey said. He added that Shroff, who met him recently, shared his concern against the social malady and readily accepted the request to be a part of the programme.

Taking a cue from actor Aamir Khan’s TV serial, Satyamev Jayate, the Bihar government had launched the Bitiya Bachao Andolan.

Choubey said that killing of girl child is a crime and that it should be stopped immediately. Also, that involvement of a popular figure like Shroff would popularise the scheme. He said that “while people were worshipping Goddess Durga, the girl child in many cases was being killed in the mother’s womb.”