Use of Science and Scientific Tools to Kill the Girl Child Shameful: Sh. Vibodh Gupta
District Social Welfare Office Rajouri in collaboration with Himalayan Education Mission Rajouri organized a massive awareness programme on the theme “ Beti Bachao Beti Padhao”. The programme was organized as part of the various programmes to promote this programme of the Government on saving girl child. BJP senior leader and MLC Vibodh Gupta was Chief Guest on this occasion who also addressed a gathering at the conference hall of the Himalayan Degree College Rajouri. Sh Muslim Wani was Guest of Honour on the occasion. Sh. Mohd Azam Shah presided over the function. The programme was coordinated by Dr Abdul Khabir District Social Welfare Officer who is also Nodal Officer of the scheme in the district. The song and drama division Ministry of
Information, Government of India was also a collaborator for this programme. Various troupes took part in the programme including Nagani Cultural troupe, Saraswati Sammelan and Sangam sangeet Kala Kendra.
Addressing the gathering MLC Vibodh Gupta stressed on the need for regular education and awareness programmes for saving the girl child and for proper education of the girl child. He expressed his regrets wherein progress in the field of the medical world is being misused by some businesses who use the scientific tools to kill the girl child even before she is born. He said that no one in our society has the right to kill the girl child even before she has opened her eyes to see the world. He came down heavily on all those parents who still give preference to boys over the girls. He further added that when in today’s world women are excelling in all fields, considering girl child a burden is shameful. Vibodh made an emotional appeal to the people of Pir Panjal, saying that he comes as a bhikshu to beg for the lives of daughters, as he addressed a large gathering consisting predominantly of college girls. He also said that we have no right to call ourselves 21st century citizens as long as we have an 18th century mindset. On this occasion he called for an end to the discrimination between sons and daughters, saying this was the key to ending female foeticide.
Mr. Mohd Muslim Wanui in his address expressed concern over declining sex ratio in the district since Rajouri district also falls in the list of 161 districts across the country having dismal sex ratio. In his address to the participants of the programme Sh. Azam Hussain Shah stressed that strict check is kept over enforcement of PCPNDT Act, misuse of technology, drop out of girls and other issues that creates hurdles in the development of girls. In the concluding session of the programme, a pledge was taken to provide equal opportunity to girls so that dream of egalitarian society can be achieved. Prominent among others who were present on the occasion included Sh Farooq Muztar founder patron Himalayan Education Mission Society Rajouri, Rajinder Gupta, Atam Gupta, Ashwani Kochar, Dr. Saleem Wani, PO ICDS Mohd Rashid, CDPO Manjakote. A large number of girl students of the college along with the staff members also participated in the programme.