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Friday, 25 September 2009

Save the Girl Child:Schools urged to give birthday cards to girls

Before telling Schools to give birthday cards to girls, it would be advisable to advise Parents & relatives to give Girl Children in their families Cards.
Charity begins at HOME, not in the School.

Save the Girl Child:Schools urged to give birthday cards to girls
25 September 2009
PALANPUR: In a novel way to promote the Save The Girl Child' campaign, schools are being urged to give greeting cards to girl students on their birthdays.

This innovative idea is the brainchild of Rashmi Hada, president of Mahila Kala Nidhi Trust in Kanodar, Banaskantha. This drawing teacher in a village primary school has designed the card and even printed 5,000 copies. She has been contacting schools to implement her idea. "I have been getting tremendous response so far," said Rashmi.

District collector R J Patel on Wednesday lauded her efforts, saying it will change the traditional ideas associated with girl child. "Traditionally, many families consider girls a burden. By celebrating birthdays of girls, they will be given their rightful place in society," said Dilharben, principal of woman's PTC college Sthri Adhyapan Mandir.

Observed trustee of orphanage Santipuram, Sadhvi Sarlaben, "Rashmi's idea is great. Why just schools, everyone should follow the example and greet their girl child on her birthday." The greeting cards may be symbolic. But, their psychological effects will be far greater, said Yamini Desai, secretary of Bhagini Samaj in Patan.

"Sex ratio in Unjha taluka of Mehsana district had dropped to an alarming 742 per thousand in 2001, as against 888 per thousand in 1991," said Rashmi, who has been associated with the Save The Girl Child campaign in north Gujarat for some time.

Latest figures reveal that in Mehsana in 2006 there were 1,622 girls and 1,879 boys born, said chief district health officer (CDHO) Nayan Jani. In 2007, 1,381 girls and 1,518 boys were born.

"There has been a discerning change in attitude of educated young couples. However, the deep-rooted social evil of giving preference to boys over girls still exists among influential upper castes holding sway over society and economy," said B M Dave, professor of economics at a local arts college.

Efforts made by government, NGOs and others have shown encouraging results. However, positive developments will come to light only after the 2011 census report is available, said Rashmi.

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