To combat the menace of female foeticide,the Haryana government is set to adopt the initiative taken by the khap and women of Bibipur village in Jind district.
A fortnight ago,thousands of women from Bibipur had participated in a mahapanchayat and came forward to debate the sensitive issue of female foeticide. It had passed a resolution demanding an amendment in the Indian Penal Code to book the perpetrators of female foeticide on charges of murder.
The state women and child development department has asked all its officials working at the district levels under the Integrated Child Development Service Cell (ICDSC) to generate awareness and change the mindset of the people in favour of the girl child. The officials have been asked to inspire other panchayats as well.
Director General (women and child development) Sumita Misra said the programme officers of ICDSC have been directed to organise awareness camps with the help of panchayati raj institutions,village level committees,Sakshar Mahila Samoohs and Anganwari workers to motivate the people. The initiative of the khap and women of Bibipur will also motivate other panchayats. The officers have also been directed to send a quarterly report to the head office, Misra added.