What made you launch the Save the Girl Child campaign?

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We travelled in many villages for the Water Conservation Project. In 2003 when we were in Manavadar taluka of Bhavnagar district, some elderly persons of the village had a word with us. They said, “The problem of water was solved by the Save Water campaign. But there are more than 200 bachelors in our village. The same condition prevails in other villages also.

            ‘More boys and fewer girls situation’ prevails in many villages. Availability of pre-natal sex detection technologies has led to wide-spread female foeticide. The birth rate of females is smaller than the birth rate of males. You should club the ‘Save Water’ campaign with the ‘Save the Girl Child’ campaign.” This suggestion of those respected elders impressed me and I started thinking in that direction. Water Conservation Project required a number of materials to construct ponds and check-dams. But the ‘Save the Girl Child’ mission demands no materials as such. Men and women attend our meetings in large numbers for the fulfillment of ‘Save Water Project. In those meetings if we discuss the serious mission of ‘Save the Girl Child’ also, we can change the hearts of the people and we can change their attitude towards a girl child. As a result we can be successful in preventing female foeticide. The birth rate of females will be on the rise and gender imbalance will be reduced and removed completely. In each and every meeting we tried to persuade the people to make untiring efforts to put a full stop to female foeticide. We planned to launch Beti Bachao awareness campaigns and a variety of activities related to it across the whole nation.