ANDHRA PRADESH

Bias towards girl child decried

Millennium Software Solutions G. Sridhar Reddy (right) presenting a memento to AU Rector B. Parvathiswara Rao in Visakhapatnam on Saturday. Centre for Women’s Studies Director B. Ratna Kumari and Principal of AU Colleges of Arts and Commerce L.K. Mohan Rao look on.

Millennium Software Solutions G. Sridhar Reddy (right) presenting a memento to AU Rector B. Parvathiswara Rao in Visakhapatnam on Saturday. Centre for Women’s Studies Director B. Ratna Kumari and Principal of AU Colleges of Arts and Commerce L.K. Mohan Rao look on.   | Photo Credit: — Photo: C.V. Subrahmanyam

Staff Reporter

VISAKHAPATNAM: Discrimination of girl child is an age-old problem but the unfortunate thing is that it continues unabated despite an improvement in education of girls, said Andhra University Rector B. Parvathiswara Rao.

Participating as chief guest at the inaugural of the third ‘Poster competition’ jointly organised by the Centre for Women’s Studies (CWS), AU, and Millennium Software Solutions in connection with the National Girl Child Day on Saturday, he said there was an improvement in condition of girls and women after Independence, which was evident from the increase in the birth rate of female children. There was also increase in education of girls and women and in courses like management and engineering, girls were outnumbering boys in recent times.

Prof Parvathiswara Rao said despite all these developments women continue to be discriminated. He recalled that there was a woman behind harassment of women and cited the example of dowry where mothers-in-law play a major role in harassment of daughters-in-law. He underlined the need to identify the root cause of the problem and initiate remedial measures to ensure that women were given their right place in society.

Director of CWS B. Ratna Kumari expressed concern at the increasing cases of infant mortality, female foeticide, trafficking and crimes against women despite their foray into all fields of progress. She said the National Girl Child Day was being organised by the Central Government to create awareness in society that women should be treated on par with women in all areas.

Principal of AU College of Arts and Commerce L.K. Mohan Rao presided.

CEO of Millennium Software Solutions G. Sridhar Reddy presented mementoes to the Rector and the Principal. Assistant Professors of CWS K. Mary Sujatha and P. Usha spoke. The inaugural was followed by a poster competition in which children participated in three categories. Prizes would be given to the winners on Republic Day.

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