“Beta padhao, Beti bachao”

It is overwhelming to highlight the brainchild of Prime Minister who introduced, “Beti Bachao, Beti padhao” that works for the welfare of girls with an objective to curb and prevent a decline in sex ratio and to ensure women empowerment. The programme was launched by Prime minister back in 2015.

Sex-selective abortion or female foeticide has led to a sharp drop in the ratio of girls born in contrast to boy infants in some states in India. Ultrasound technology has made it possible for pregnant women and their families to learn the gender of a fetus early in a pregnancy. Discrimination against girl infants, for several reasons, has combined with the technology to result in a rise in abortions of fetuses identified as a female during ultrasonic testing.

The reduction in the female population of certain Indian states continues to worsen, as results of the 2011 national census have shown.

The dowry system in India is often blamed; the expectation that a large dowry must be provided for daughters in order for them to marry is frequently cited as a major cause of the problem. Pressure for parents to provide large dowries for their daughters is most intense in prosperous states where high standards of living, and modern consumerism, are more prevalent in society.

As the scheme has apparently started giving positive results but in reality does these type of programmes have done enough for the betterment and upliftment of women. The answer is a big no.

If numerous government-led policies introduced for the upliftment of women implemented, then why we do not get the sort of changes we are looking for. In reality, a majority of Indians prefer male gender over females. The decline in female sex ratio is directly linked to uneducated- ignorant masses. Hundreds of years have witnessed Indian families not rejoicing on the birth of girl child, not only in rural areas but also in educated urban circles. On the top of it, the orthodox families used to go for female foeticide or abandoning the girl child, if at all she happened to be born

The most important factor in improving the condition of the girl child in India is to educate their male siblings, friends, and peers, not only on vital issues like equality and empathy but apparently on “taboo” subjects such as female menstrual and reproductive health.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently met with the members of Indian Ladies in the United Kingdom (ILUK), Britain’s largest Indian women’s group in London.

The group informed the Prime Minister about ILUK’s new initiative ‘Beta Padhao, Beti Bachao’ – an extension of the Modi government’s widely promoted, ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ initiative, which aims to improve the education, welfare, and well-being of girls in India.

ILUK has also begun working closely with the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), which helped to facilitate the return of a number of women abandoned in India, as well as the High Commission of India in the UK, which has started working closely with ILUK. (ANI)

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