For A Cause: Kanwar Yatra To Address Female Foeticide

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By: Vineet Upadhyay
Updated: 21 July, 2022 5:35 pm IST

DEHRADUN: Uttarakhand Women and Child Welfare minister Rekha Arya will be participating in the ‘Kanwar Yatra’ organized by the department on July 26 with a motto to narrow the gender disparity in the hill state and check female foeticide.

“Our aim is to narrow down the gender gap ratio between the male and female child in Uttarakhand to zero till 2025 when the state will be celebrating its Silver Jubilee,” Arya said.

“We should take an oath that we will not be a hurdle for a girl child to come into this world. We have vowed to make this possible under honourable Prime Minister’s ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ initiative to celebrate ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’,” said the Women and Child Welfare minister.

The 25 km yatra will start from Har ki Pauri in Haridwar and conclude at Veerbhadra Mahadev temple which is at least 1300 years old with ‘Gangajal’ offerings by the Chief Minister and the minister herself.

The motto of the yatra will be “Mujhe Bhi Janam Lene do, Shiv Ke Maah Me Shakti Ka Sankalp” (Let Me also be born, Vow for Shakti in the month of Shiva).

Officials and employees of the department have also been instructed to offer Gangajal in nearby Shiva temples and submit photos and videos after performing the rituals with the motto of the department to save the girl child in the state.

The sex ratio of Uttarakhand has registered some improvement with 984 females per 1000 males, revealed a recently released report of the National Family Health Survey (NFHS) by the union ministry of health and family welfare released last year.

The report also revealed improvement in deliveries in hospitals in the hill state. Earlier the percentage of deliveries in hospitals stood at 68.60% which improved to 83.20% in the latest report.

In February 2021, the Uttarakhand government launched a scheme under which nameplates of the houses in Uttarakhand villages will have the names of daughters.

Titled ‘Gharaiki Pehchan Chelik Naam’ (Ghar Ki Pehchaan Beti ka Naam) scheme will have name plates of traditional ‘Aipan’ art form displaying the names of daughters in selected villages of Uttarakhand.

The scheme envisions the nameplate of the youngest daughter of the house in houses of the state starting from the villages of the state.

Earlier in November 2020, in a move to empower women and advocate for the rights of the girl child, the Pauri district administration launched a similar initiative, named “Ghar ki pehchan, nooni ku noo” (house in the name of the daughter). Under the initiative, the residents of the villages are encouraged to put their daughters’ names on the nameplates of their houses.

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