VYETH Student Magazine

BET! BACHAO BET! PADAO

Ifra Showkat
B.A.LLB 1 Semester Roll No: 81

“Let us celebrate the birth of the girl child. We should be equally proud of our daughters. I urge you to sow five plants when your daughter is born to celebrate the occasion.” -PM
Narendra Modi to citizens of his adopted village Jayapur.
Beti Bachao Beti Padhao (BBBP) was launched by the Prime Minister on 22nd January, 2015 at Panipat, Haryana. BBBP addresses the declining Child Sex Ratio (CSR) and related issues of women empowerment over a life-cycle continuum. It is a tri-ministerial effort of Ministries of Women and Child Development, Health & Family Welfare and Human Resource Development. The key elements of the scheme include Enforcement of Pre-
Conception and Pre Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PCPNDT) Act, 1994, nation-wide awareness and advocacy campaign and multi-
sectoral action in select 100 districts (low on
CSR) in the first phase. There is a strong
emphasis on mindset change through training,
sensitization, awareness raising and community
mobilization on ground. The purpose of
launching Beti Bachao Beti Padhao scheme is
to make girls independent socially and financially using their proper rights and higher education.
It helps in improving the awareness among common public and improving the efficiency of welfare services given to women. If we have a sight on latest census report of 2011, we see a
continuous decrease in the female child sex ratio (of age group 0-6 years) from last some decades.
In 2001, it was 927/1000 whereas in 2011 it remains only 919/1000. There is huge reduction in the number of girls because of the practice of aborting female fetus after sex determination
through modern diagnostic tools in the hospitals. This bad practice came into existence because of the gender discrimination in the society. And, after birth of a girl child, she has to face another
type of discrimination in terms of education, health, nutrition, safety, rights, and other needs of the girl child. We can say that women were dis-empowered instead of being empowered. In
order to empowering women and giving them their full rights right from their birth government of India has launched this scheme. Empowering women brings all around progress especially in
the family and society. Beti Bachao Beti Padhao scheme is the way to achieve positive changes in the human negative mindset for girls. This scheme may make a call to people to end the
discrimination between sons and daughters and work as a key to end female feticide. While launching the scheme, PM reminded the whole medical fraternity that the purpose of medical profession is to save lives and not finish lives.