January 24, 2019
KARNAL: In an effort to create awareness about the on-going Violence Against Women (VAW) and to stop female feticide, Divya Jyoti Jagrati Sansthan’s Gender Equality Program – Santulan, under the divine grace of the founder and head of the organization His Holiness Shri Ashutosh Maharaj Ji organized ‘Kanya Bachao Rally’ in Karnal city of Haryana on the eve of Lohri festival. Swami Gurugyananand Ji, disciple of HH Ashutosh Maharaj Ji welcomed the dignitaries who marked their presence against the serious issue of Gender Based Discrimination (GBD) affecting our society.
Mr. Kuldeep Sharma (MLA Gannaur), Mrs. Shikha (Chief Judicial Magistrate), Mr. Manoj Wadhwa (Ex. Deputy Mayor, Karnal), Mrs. Hemlata (Social worker) and Ms. Megha Bhandari graced the program with their presence and active participation. The program started with a dance ballet, followed by variety of activities like street play and thought provoking talk on the subject by Sadhvi Gopika Bharti Ji, disciple of HH Ashutosh Maharaj Ji. Thereafter, the rally started with hundreds of enthusiastic female volunteers of santulan program. The commencing point of the said awareness walk was Sewa Samitti, Arjun gate. The band of girls and women on two-wheelers followed by pedestrians crossed number of crossroads of the city raising slogans and urging people to shun female feticide and respect women.
The state of Haryana has recorded a major jump from 2011 when the state had registered the worst child sex ratio in the country at 834 girls per 1000 boys which rose to 914 girls for 1,000 boys in 2018. Sakshi malik (who won bronze medal in freestyle wrestling) and Saina Nehwal (who gave the country medal in badminton at Olympics); both come from Haryana. Saina has earlier said that her grandmother did not come to visit her when she was born because of her gender. “Even if Sakshi or Saina had done absolutely nothing that made it to the headlines but had gone on to lead perfectly ordinary, innocuous lives, they deserve the right to live. The girl child does not have to prove her worth for her to be allowed to live”, said Sadhvi Ji.
In the concluding note, Swami Ji said, “Today, we, as a society, cannot call ourselves citizens of 21st century as we are practicing such a crime like female feticide; rather, carrying such a mental lens, we belong to the 18th century only when our daughters are killed before they are born”. “The problem of female feticide is a societal problem and solutions to curb it also have to be soiled in the society only in the form of the seed of spiritual awakening”, added Swami disciple of HH Ashutosh Maharaj Ji.
DJJS is a socio-spiritual organization working for the welfare of humanity holistically through its various social initiatives like ANTARDRISHTI, MANTHAN, BODH, KAMDHENU, AAROGYA, SANRAKSHAN, SAMADHAN, SANTULAN and ANTARKRANTI for the deprived & underprivileged at large.
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