ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Saving the Girl Child

The government is planning a new and desperate measure to arrest discrimination against the girl child. 

If proof is needed of how widely available “new technology” in and non-governmental organisations have been raising the alarm the hands of mercenary professionals can have disastrous about discrimination against the girl child and the declining sex ratio consequences for society, one has to look no further than the (SR). Yet, the National Family Health Survey-III results released killing of the female foetus in India. For decades, the state, the media last year give no reason to believe the situation is improving.

The state’s response has been of many kinds. A number of state governments have special programmes for the girl child and the central government too has schemes earmarked for the education of girls – all intended to persuade families to end discrimination, which often has fatal consequences. Now the central government is planning yet another incentive scheme. It is proposing, in collaboration with the Life Insurance Corporation, to provide up to Rs 1 lakh for parents whose daughters turn 18 and marry only thereafter. The scheme, slated to be introduced in select districts, will have a conditional cash transfer component with the parents paid up to Rs 7,500 for each milestone, starting from birth registration and going up to completion of higher secondary education.

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