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SPREADING MESSAGE: NCC cadets taking out a rally against gender discrimination in Eluru on Thursday.
SPREADING MESSAGE: NCC cadets taking out a rally against gender discrimination in Eluru on Thursday.

Staff Reporter

Participants raise slogans against gender discrimination

The cadets take pledge to oppose gender bias

Concern over drop in female sex ratio

ELURU: The rally taken out by a large number of schoolchildren, both boys and girls, belonging to the 19 (A) Battalion of the NCC, through the thoroughfares in the city on Thursday, carried a message to the people -- save the girl child. And, it also made the people for a while brood over the social evil of female infanticide. Col. Rajinder, Commanding Officer of the 19 (A) Battalion, flagged off the rally at the indoor stadium.

It was preceded by a pledge by the cadets that they would oppose gender discrimination in all forms. The drizzle failed to dampen the spirit of the children in highlighting a social cause.

Holding banners and placards, the students from a number of schools and colleges such as St. Theresa’s College, Sir. C.R. Reddy Public School, S.K.P.D.T School, Sir. C.R. Reddy College for Women marched through fire station centre, Ramachandraraopet, Subbammadevi Municipal High School and finally reached S.K.P.D.T. High School where the rally culminated.

The cadets raised slogans calling for an end to the selective sex determination tests, leading to female infanticide.

Col. Rajinder expressed his serious concern over a sharp deterioration in female sex ratio in the country due to the son preference in some sections. One could not visualise a society without women and the younger generation should not allow it to happen, he said.

He informed that the rally was aimed at creating awareness among the schoolchildren and in the general public against gender disparities.

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