Ahmedabad, Jun 10: Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel on Thursday broke down when a young girl spelt out agony of unborn girl children to highlight issue of female foeticide at a function in the Kheda district.
Patel had gone to the Harej primary school to enrol students as a part of annual school enrolment drive of the Gujarat government.
During the function, a class nine student Ambika Gohel, spelt out agony of unborn girl children, who are killed in the womb of their mothers, as a part of rampant practice of female foeticide, resulting in skewed sex ratio across many states of the country.
Ambika read out a letter from an unborn girl child to her mother requesting to allow her to take birth in the world. The heart touching presentation of the pain of meeting death, without even being allowed to born, moved one and all and even Ambika started crying.
The 74-year-old first woman chief minister of Gujarat, who is considered to be a strict task master, could not prevent tears rolling down her eyes. After Ambika, read out the letter, Anandiben hugged the girl as both of them were seen crying.
Patel was later seen wiping her tears with a napkin. She later told the villages who had gathered for the function that little village girls have immense talent and they can move the large audience with their elocution power.
"Parents should not discriminate between son and daughter and allow daughters to study," she said. According to the Chief Minister, her government has taken elaborate steps to curb female foeticide from the state. Patel enrolled 86 students to the primary school of the village today.