Govt’s progress report on beti bachao, beti padhao far from ground realities

Beti Bachao Beti Padhao, Girl child
Five years after the Beti Bachao Beti Padhao scheme was launched by the Narendra Modi government, the state of the scheme to save the girl child remains dysfunctional at the ground level as workers battle patriarchal mindsets amid shortage of resources | Photo - iStock

On September 20, Uttar Pradesh police arrested 43-year-old Pannalal in Budaun district after he slit opened his pregnant wife’s stomach with a sickle to know the baby’s gender. While his wife, who was in her seventh month of pregnancy, survived the horror with critical injuries, the baby died. The couple already had five daughters, and Pannalal was keen on having a boy.

A week after, a 19-year-old Dalit woman was brutally raped by four upper caste men in Hathras district in UP. She died in a Delhi hospital on September 29.

According to the victim's family, the police put pressure on them to cremate her body immediately. When the family refused to do so, the police forcibly took the body in an ambulance to her village and cremated her past midnight. The police even kept the family and media away from the funeral pyre.

All this is happening amid the fanfare and hullabaloo by the government over one of its flagship schemes ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ (save girl child, educate girl child) scheme which Prime Minister Narendra Modi had launched in Panipat, Haryana, in 2015.

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