National Girl Child Day is being observed in India on Wednesday. It is celebrated with an aim to raise awareness about sex ratio levels and promote the empowerment of girls. It is very necessary to save girls from social discrimination and exploitation that they generally face in their life.
Recently released National Family Health Survey (NFHS) data showed Indian men and women's interest in having a daughter. According to the survey, about 79 per cent of women aged 15 to 49 and 78 per cent of men in the 15-54 age group in India want to have at least one daughter. The proportion of those wanting a daughter has risen from the 2005-06 NFHS survey in which 74 per cent of women and 65 per cent of men had said they wanted one.
However, there remains a preference for sons. More rural women (81 per cent) than urban (75 per cent) want one daughter; this proportion is higher (85 per cent) in women who have no education compared to women who have passed Class XII (72 per cent).
Men and women from the Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, Muslims, rural people and those from the lower rungs of the economic ladder are keener to have a daughter.
About 80% of rural men and 75% of urban men want daughters. Again, 83 per cent of men with no schooling wanted a daughter against 74% of those who have completed 12 years or more of schooling.
Union Minister Suresh Prabhu tweeted, "National Girl Child Day celebrates the splendid achievements of the girl child and also challenges gender-based stereotypes.
Let every girl child be cherished and given equal opportunities to shine forth in her life."
Cricketer Virender Sehwag, said, "It's time to eradicate discrimination and spread equality. Celebrate the girl child. Beti Bachao, Jeevan Sajaao."
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Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman
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