KADAPA: Women, irrespective of their religion and caste, can lead lives with confidence and earn respect when they become economically self-reliant, Kadapa Superintendent of Police Mahesh M. Bhagwat said on Thursday.

Speaking at an awareness programme on ‘Save the girl child’ at 30 Andhra Battalion NCC campus here, the SP said it was an offence to perform amniocentesis test to determine the gender of a foetus.