According to the 2001 census, the sex ratio in India stood at 933 women to 1,000 men. There was a marginal improvement in 2011, with 940 women to 1,000 men. Figures are particularly telling and shaming in Chandigarh, Haryana and Punjab. In Chandigarh, there are 818 women to 1,000 men. Haryana has 877 women to 1,000 men while Punjab has 893 women to 1,000 men.’
The figures state the obvious. There has been virtually no let up in the rate of female foeticide. Things have not changed for millennia, but that does not mean there’s no scope for change. Change comes when people act as catalysts.
Take 15 year old Ishita Uppal for example. She was all of 10 when a newspaper article on female foeticide left her numb. Since then, she has been pitching for a chance for millions of baby girls. The Haryana government has chosen her as the brand ambassador for their female foeticide campaign. She also won the PREMERICA SPIRIT OF COMMUNITY AWARD in the United States.
However, the campaign did not come easy for Ishita. She had no clue about what she would do and how. All she knew was that the barbarism had to be stopped. Today, she is the face of Haryana’s campaign against foeticide. People from all walks of life have joined Ishita in her campaign.
This student of Little Flower School tries to spread her message through paintings and poetry. Her childhood has been consumed by the desire to save little girls but her parents don’t mind.
Ishita’s appeal for a fair chance for daughters manages to touch many hearts.
There’s a long way to go and Ishita is by far not the only crusader. But she certainly symbolizes a future unmarked by hate and prejudice.
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