After their ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ campaign on trucks got an overwhelming response, Indian revenue officer Hari Narayan Meena and wife Prof Hemlata Meena has shot a letter to railway ministry seeking permission to run their campaign on train coaches.
Meena, a 2004 batch IRS officer, who is general manager of the government-run Opium Alkaloid plant, and his wife, alarmed over the declining number of girls, has started the campaign to promote education of girl child, on March 15, 2016.
Under this, they pasted stickers carrying the slogan ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ (Save girl child, Educate girls) on thousands of trucks that travel across the country.
Their move gathered support from truckers not only from Madhya Pradesh, but also from neighbouring states of Rajasthan, Gujarat, Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh. So far, about 15,000 trucks passing through Neemuch district have agreed to carry the slogan on their vehicles.
Now, the couple is planning to take the message-spreading to Indian railways.
Meena said the objectives of his initiative are prevention of gender-biased, sex -selective abortions, ensuring of survival and protection of girl child, and ensuring education to them.
“Indian railways is lifeline of the country and around 2.5 crore people travel in trains daily,” said Meena, adding, “We just want the ministry to allow us to paste small stickers carrying our slogan on coaches that pass through Neemuch, so that our mission could reach all corners of the country. It will be a great boost to our mission, we expect a positive response from the ministry.
According to 2011 census for children aged below six years, Madhya Pradesh has a ratio of 912 girls for 1,000 boys. The national ratio is 919:1000.
“The decline in the sex ratio is a major indicator of women disempowerment. It also reflects pre-birth discrimination manifested through gender-biased sex selection. States like Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Chhattisgarh and Meghalaya, where women play a role in decision-making and have a good social-standing, have a good sex ratio,” Meena said, adding, “Surprisingly, sex ratios of states where per capita income and literacy rate is good, are far behind compared to the nation.”