Nationalist Congress Party MP Supriya Sule is on a mission to save the girl child and wants the government to increase the quantum of punishment for those indulging in female foeticide.
“The issue needs discussion and debate in every home, on every dining table. People should realise it is a stigma to kill your child. We will ask the government to increase the quantum of punishment for offenders,” said Sule, daughter of NCP chief Sharad Pawar.
Sule said she would go on a padayatra between August 25 and 28 to raise awareness on saving the girl child. “I have written to every MLA and MP to join the padyatra and support the cause,” she said.
The provisional census 2011 data showed the child sex ratio — number of girls born per 1,000 boys — fell from 916 to 880 in rural Maharashtra and from 908 to 888 in urban Maharashtra. “I am the only child and was not brought up any differently than boys. I feel my father is an ideal icon for this mission,” she said.