Third Save Girl Child Summit
held in New Delhi, on 29th and 30th May 2012
The Beti Bachao abhiyaan, a committee of 21 members including human rights activist Faisal Khan, Dr. Arnav, organized the third Save Girl Child Summit on 29th and 30th May 2012. The motive was to spread the word to stop female foeticide and to decide the plan of action. The previous summit was held in Haryana.
This summit was a collaboration of many NGOs including GSDS, Asha Parivar, Khudai Khidmatgar, NAPM, Mission Bhartiyam, Centre for human rights and social welfare, Aman Uday, Beti Bachao Abhiyaan, ICAN, Mata Sita rani sewa sansthan and others.
On the first day, there were two sessions. In the first session, the issue was discussed by Swami Agnivesh, human rights activists Kumud from Bhopal, Shiba Rani, Aruna from Delhi and a woman Sarpanch.
Swami Agnivesh said, "We should not discriminate against women. Men and women have been made equal by God".
Human Rights Acitivist, Kumud from Bhopal said, "To fight female foeticide, we need to change our thinking."
In the second session, representatives of 20 states presented their report and the specific reasons for female foeticide in their respective states. This session was inaugurated by Congress spokesperson Digvijay Singh. State representatives included Subhash Chauhan, Shiba Rani, Devika Mittal from Delhi, Mahesh from Rajasthan and Jaswinder Singh from Punjab.
Subhash Chauhan spoke about dowry as the cause for female foeticide.
In the evening, there was a human chain at Rajghat. The first day was concluded by a kavi sammelan.
The Second day had a session on the role of youth and media on this issue. The speakers included Khalil Deshmukh. Deepak Tewari had co-ordinated the PNDT act. The last session was chaired by Faisal Khan and Dr. Manimala of GSDS was the speaker .There was also an open session where the speakers as well as the audience shared their ideas for a plan of action. A committee of 21 members has been formed.
Summit witnessed participation from all walks of life, from a common woman of a gram panchayat of Rajasthan to a tribal woman from Orrisa and to well educated women advocates, activists and doctors, everyone joined hands to support the objective and shared their views. All participants took an oath to work towards saving the life of girl child with all their capacities.
The next summit will be held in Jaipur.
Faisal Khan and Dr. Manimala