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PM makes emotional appeal, calls for an end to female foeticide

Asking people to shun the 18th century mindset of killing daughters and to stay away from "double standards" of differentiating between boys and girls, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday warned that if the mindset about girls was not changed it could lead to dangerous times for future generations.

india Updated: Jan 23, 2015 12:05 IST
Vishal Joshi
Vishal Joshi
Hindustan Times
PM Narendra Modi,inaugurates,`Beti Bachao

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday administered an oath for working to end discrimination towards women at the launch of Beti Bachao Beti Padhao (BBBP), an awareness plan against female foeticide here. Modi said that Indian society losses the right to be called progressive due to skewed sex ratio.

The PM asked people to follow noted Urdu poet Khwaja Altaf Hussein Hali and called for a collective drive against female foeticide. “Hali was born in Panipat (1837-1914) and known for his far-sighted vision on women rights,” the PM said.

“In the 18th century, certain sections used to kill the girls soon after their birth. The Indian society in the 21th century now has snatched right of birth from the females,” Modi said while adding that the PM was asking to let daughters live.

Children take oath along with Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Beti Bachao Beti Padhao programme. (PTI photo)

Haryana was selected for the national awareness launch due to the worrying record of dismal sex ratio, he said. “But the dwindling sex ratio is not restricted to few districts Haryana but the entire nation and the mindset where girls are taken as burden by their own families are responsible for it,” he added.

Modi said that not only at birth but throughout their lives girls should get education, nutrition with due respect in the society.

Modi recalled the example of Jayapur village in his home constituency of Varanasi where the residents holds an Anandotsav (celebration) on the birth of each girl child, and five trees are planted on each such occasion. He urged people across the country could follow this example.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani presenting the Sukanya Samriddhi account pass-book to a girl during its launch at Beti Bachao Beti Padhao programme. (Ravi Kumar/ HT Photo)

PM applauds Madhuri Dixit’s commitment

Even as her mother is admitted at the intensive care unit (ICU), Bollywod actor Madhuri Dixit Nene was here to promote the Beti bachao Beti Padhao campaign. PM Narendra Modi appreciated Nene’s commitment to the cause of girls education. He appreciated that Nene could make it to the event despite her personal emotional moments.

First Published: Jan 22, 2015 14:47 IST