There has been a sharp decline in child sex ratio in the age group of 0-6 years in Uttar Pradesh. This decline, as revealed in Census-2011, would drastically bring down the overall sex ratio of the state in future. The trend also shows that at least 60% girls have to leave studies before reaching the age of 10 years. Similarly, at least 60% girls are married off before the age of 18 years.
The discrimination has raised concern among experts present at the state campaign launch and consultation workshop, organised by Plan India at Indira Gandhi Partisthan on Wednesday.
Inaugurating a photo exhibition on sex determination and education for girls at the programme, Arvind Singh Gope, minister of state for rural development said women were leading in different fields and it was necessary for the country to make them educated and allow equal space to them in society.
“Girls have to face discrimination at every step. First, they are not allowed to be born, then prevented from getting proper education, and finally married off at an early age. We have to come forward to stop this discrimination,” said Aruna Kori, minister of state for women and child development, while condemning the prevalent practice of female foeticide. She said women themselves should start opposing sex determination test.
Trilotma Verma, a woman IPS officer, too, reiterated that woman should come forward to eliminate the existing discrimination against girls in Indian society. She encouraged over 200 hundred women present during the programme by narrating the stories of some successful women.
Verma, who is presently posted as IG Intelligence, suggested that Plan India volunteers sensitise both men and women on this discrimination. She said men should be made aware that proper education and parenting of girls could change society. She said a country’s success could be gauged from the success and condition of its women.
Plan India volunteers also shared details of a survey that suggested that girls’ education would lead to 15% increase in their income, which would subsequently improve the earning status of her family. The survey stated that a country got better social and economical results if the girls were well educated there. Several other speakers, including state women commission chairman, Zarina Usmani and retired IAS RK Mittal were also present.