On March 8, tomorrow, the world would be celebrating the International Women's Day. This year, the theme for world-wide activities is, CONNECTING GIRLS, INSPIRING FUTURES
If every International Women's Day event held in 2012 includes girls in some way, then thousands of minds will be inspired globally.
Thousands of events occur not just on this day but throughout March to mark the economic, political and social achievements of women.
It is sad that in certain parts of our country the female foeticide is a disgraceful act that people indulge in. Some women succumb to family and societal pressures to get rid of the female fetus even before birth, just for a stupid, irrational craving for a boy child.
Though 'Hamari Beti' , an initiative of our Club to sensitise the people against female foeticide is endeavouring to make a difference and change people's attitudes, the task is challenging.
A recent survey by a student journalist in the village Mubarkpur near Chandigarh, revealed how a lady had to undergo five abortions to avoid the birth of girl, thanks to sex determination test being conducted by unscrupulous doctors, and finally, she was able to conceive a boy, who was born mentally challenged.
Think about this. 'Hamari Beti' needs to be protected. We need to own up the responsibility and put our foot down to curb any such inhuman act against the girl child the moment we learn about it.
Connecting Girls would always inspire future...a better future for everyone.