Save the Girl Child-Clarion Call of the Hour

  • Renu Bedi Professor and Head, Department of Community Medicine, Ajmer.
  • B.S. Karnawat *Sr. Professor and Head, Department of Paediatrics, Ajmer.
  • Rishi Sodawat Resident, Department of Paediatrics, Ajmer.
  • Ramlal Choudhary RCHO, Ajmer


It is a sad paradox that when we, on one hand, venerate our country as Bharat Mata and worship Durga, on the
other hand, carry out reprehensible practices like female foeticide and bride- burning. Moreover, ironically, there are festivals like Rakhi and Bhai Duj, when men vow to protect their sisters, yet these same brothers murder their sisters without compunction for a misdirected sense of family honour. Further, despite taking an oath in front of the fire, edacious and lazy husbands burn their wives for bringing insufficient dowry, whereas wives pray and fast for their husbands' long life and wellbeing during Karva Chauth. Added to this misogynistic socio-cultural mind-set is the shameful connivance of venal doctors who violate the very basis of theĀ  Hippocratic Oath through selective prenatal sex determination and then cold-bloodedly murder the innocent little female foetus. The girl child is increasingly being excluded from life itself!