ANDHRA PRADESH

‘Feel proud of being parents of girls’

Gender justice: Singer from Italy Chiara guides children of Care & Share Home during singing of a group song at the Girl Child Day celebrations organised by the Women and Child Welfare Department in Vijayawada on Saturday.

Gender justice: Singer from Italy Chiara guides children of Care & Share Home during singing of a group song at the Girl Child Day celebrations organised by the Women and Child Welfare Department in Vijayawada on Saturday.   | Photo Credit: — PHOTO: CH.VIJAYA BHASKAR

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Never consider them a burden and extend moral support to them, says Mayor



A meeting organised on the occasion of Girl Child Day

Performance by Care and Share inmates enthral audience



VIJAYAWADA: Urging parents to infuse confidence among their girl children that they were not inferior to boys, Mayor M.V. Ratna Bindu on Saturday said parents should not feel that a girl child was a burden.

They should provide girls an opportunity to pursue a course of their choice and help them secure a suitable job.

“Feel proud of being parents of a girl child. Never consider her a burden and don’t be under the impression that you can get rid of the burden simply by performing her marriage.

You have to extend moral support to her whenever she is in a problem and help her come out of the distress,” she said. The Mayor was addressing a meeting organised by the Forum For Child Rights in association with the Women and Child Welfare Department, Krishna district on the occasion of ‘Girl Child Day.’

Ms. Ratna Bindu observed that many parents were keen on performing the marriage of their daughters when the latter turned 15, even if the girl was keen on joining a college for higher education. “Marriage can be performed even at the age of 25 or 30. But, if the girl doesn’t have the confidence to lead her life alone, she will have to face many problems in her future life, particularly when circumstances force her to part ways with her husband,” she pointed out.

Higher education

The Mayor regretted that many girls were not being given an opportunity to pursue higher education, despite many schemes announced by the Government, including waiver of tuition fee and facility of free travel.

Project Director of the Women and Child Welfare Development K. Suhasini Devi said that the Government had issued orders for observing January 24, the day on which the late Indira Gandhi was sworn in Prime Minister for the first time in 1966, as ‘Girl Child Day’ every year. “We have been asked to conduct several awareness programmes till March 8, the International Women’s Day,” she said.

Treasurer of the Forum For Child Rights B.S. Koteswara Rao wondered why parents did not consider their daughters as goddesses.

“But, they perform pujas to goddess Lakhmi, Saraswati and Durga for wealth, knowledge and success respectively,” he said.

Former Mayor Jandhyala Sankar, director of Navajeevan Bala Bhavan Thomas Koshy, Project Director of the National Child Labour Project K. Sivasankara Rao, Deputy Commissioner of Labour Yousuf Sheik, former MP Chennupati Vidya and others were present.

A performance by the children of Care and Share shelter home, who sang songs in Italian and English, enthralled the audience.

Chaira, a singer from Italy, who trained them in Western music, also performed along with the children.

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