Staff Reporter

KARAIKUDI: Union Finance Minister P. Chidambaram has called upon people, particularly women, to fight against female infanticide.

Speaking at a function organised by the Centre for Women’s Studies, Alagappa University, here on Sunday, he said that female population was less than that of male population in many States. If the society permitted female infanticide, it would never gain respect

Empowerment of women, to compete with men in all walks of life, was one of the ways to eliminate female infanticide. Child marriage should be eradicated and every mother should see to it that her daughter get married only after 18 years and all girl children should be educated.

KR. Periyakaruppan, Minister for Hindu Religious and Endowments, P. Ramasamy, Vice-Chancellor, E. Ilamathian, Registrar, K. Manimekalai, Director, Centre for Women’s Studies, and others spoke.