Former Chairman, Andhra Pradesh State Human Rights Commission, Justice B. Subhashan Reddy on Monday said that while enough laws were in place to protect the girl child, what was lacking was their implementation.
“The girl child is in a worst position in India, even in comparison to countries like Afghanistan and Pakistan. Even today, the line that it is a curse to be born a girl is heard ever-so-often and we need to introspect why it is so,” he said, giving away the UNICEF Awards 2012 for Gender-Sensitive programmes in Telugu television channels here, as UNICEF's chief here, Yogendra Mathur, felicitated the recipients.
He recalled that the Pre-Natal Diagnostics and Technique Act & Rules, 1994, was framed only to ensure screening foetus for health and progress of growth. But, unfortunately, the technology was being used for sex determination and lakhs of lives being snuffed out in the mother's womb itself, he rued.
The awards are a joint initiative of the UNICEF and the Centre for Media Studies (CMS). The jury comprised Justice Subhashan Reddy, Mamatha Raghuveer, social activist, C. Mrunalini, TV anchor, Anita Medasani, creative designer, Akkineni Kutumba Rao, producer-director, G. Valliswar, senior journalist, and R. V. V. Krishna Rao, former Doordarshan Director. P. N. Vasanti, director, CMS, explained the modalities of the screening process for giving the awards.
HMTV bagged four of 15 awards, including one for being the ‘Most Gender Sensitive Channel'. The others were for Best Documentary (‘Nettuti Vadha'), Reporting (‘Uttunga Tarangam' by Attaluri Aruna) and Scriptwriter Attaluri Aruna (‘Kanchiki Cherani Kathalu').
The other awards were: Interactive Programme ‘Yadaardham' of Gemini News and ‘Inkennallu' on child marriages of Doordarshan Saptagiri, Topical Issue (‘Sridevi') and Exclusive News (Infant girl abandoned in railway coach) of TV9, Public Service Message for Vanitha TV (‘Balyam Bali') and for ‘Child Marriages' on ABN Andhra Jyothy, Projecting Dormant Issue (‘Idem Kharmam') for ETV2, Gender Sensitive Serial (‘Jogini') of DD Saptagiri, Highlighting Child Related Acts (‘Manaku Teliyani Mana Chattalu') of ABN Andhra Jyothy and Jury special Award (‘Cheekati Velugulu') of Vanitha TV.