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Motorcycle rally highlights evils of female infanticide, foeticide

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NCC cadets plan to cover 2,200 km in Tamil Nadu

To protect the girl child:Participants of a motorcycle rally from Chennai, continuing their expedition from Salem Collectorate on Thursday. -PHOTO: E. LAKSHMI NARAYANAN
To protect the girl child:Participants of a motorcycle rally from Chennai, continuing their expedition from Salem Collectorate on Thursday. -PHOTO: E. LAKSHMI NARAYANAN

To create awareness on evils of female infanticide and female foeticide, a motor cycle rally, which began from Chennai, passed through the city here on Thursday.

A team of 22 NCC cadets from D.G. Vaishnav College, led by Captain Dr. S. Santhosh Baboo, began their 15-day rally from Chennai on February 12 and would cover more than 2,200 k.m. in the State before reaching Chennai on February 27.

Organised by Directorate of Medical and Rural Health Services, Government of Tamil Nadu on the theme ‘Let Girls Live, Save the Girl Child’, the rally that proceeded from Dharmapuri was accorded welcome at the District Collectorate on Thursday morning.

District Revenue Officer N. Prasanna Venaktesan administered pledge to the motorists and participants stressing that it is out duty to prevent female foeticide and infanticide. Participants held placards displaying the growth in child sex ratio in the State and about the punishment for involvement in such practices under the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (Prohibition of Sex Selection) Act, 1994 (PC PNDT Act).

Participants also highlighted the State government’s schemes implemented for empowerment of women, including reservations in jobs, assistance for starting business, marriage assistance schemes and others.

Members also distributed pamphlets to the public and the rally then proceeded towards Erode.

Participants highlight government schemes to empower women

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