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Voluntary organisation in Ludhiana dedicates Lohri to girl child

ANI   Ludhiana , January 12, 2013
First Published: 14:29 IST(12/1/2013) | Last Updated: 14:32 IST(12/1/2013)

A voluntary organisation in Ludhiana, Punjab, is dedicating this year's Lohri Festival to the girl child to raise awareness about issues such as female foeticide and infanticide.

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The executive committee of the Malwa Sabhyacharak Manch Punjab organised the '20th Lohri Mela' here on Friday.

Women working in different fields were honoured with gold medals and Rs. 5100 were fixed in the name of baby girls.

The chairman of Malwa Sabhyacharak Manch Punjab, Krishan Kumar Bawa, said: "During the fair, we have felicitated newborn baby girls by putting a fixed deposit of Rs. 5100 into their bank accounts. Well known artists of Punjab participated and highlighted the issue of female foeticide. Around 30 artists have sung songs. We organised this Lohri fair with the objective of raising awareness about issues related to drugs, female foeticide and other social evils."

Girls are often viewed as a financial burden because of the dowry given by the bride's family to the groom.

According to the 2001 Census, 35 million women are "missing" in India -- many of them victims of discrimination, neglect and violence, including female foeticide and infanticide -- the killing of unborn female babies and children.

India has some of the best legislation to protect women and girls, but very little of it is practiced, say activists, adding that there is a lack of serious political will to implement and enforce such laws and punish offenders.

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