It is disheartening to see how in today’s time also a number of crimes are happening against women all around the country. In villages and other backward areas, people still support the practice of dowry and female foticides. The conditions in which women in the rural areas of Punjab live are very disappointing in some aspects. It is our duty to stop these social evils against women. On the occasion of International Women’s Day, Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Union Food Processing Minister of Punjab, encouraged the women to come forward and with their unity, fight against the social evils happening in the society.
It is now high time to stop all such activities and make the future bright and non-discriminatory for the coming generation. She asked the women to fight a war against the evils like Dowry and female foticide, which are alarmingly rising all around the state. She said that even the Gurus of Sikhs taught that one shouldn’t suffer such evils and fight against it. Women themselves have the power in their unity to stop these evils, if they stop supporting them in any manner in the society.
Badal was addressing a number of women at the Kirtan darbar organized by the Nanhi Chaan Trust at Khalsa College. This is one of those organizations, which has worked hard to bring the sex ratio in the state to a good level, and the results of their campaign are really positive. More NGOs of these kinds should be made and they should work together to educate the people of the rural areas about the adverse effects of these social evils and how they are deteriorating the lives of the women around them and looking forward to a worse future.
With increasing female foticide, it will be difficult to maintain a good sex ratio in the state, which is already in a bad position and thus more problems can be foreseen in the future. Also, young girls and boys should understand why dowry is one of the most evil practices in today’s society and is something, which leads to other societal discrimination against the women. Once the dowry system is stopped, people will have a positive attitude towards the idea of having a female child.
Its time to how that women and men are equal in the society and every girl should get an opportunity to prove herself, her talents as the boys, so that they can further be nurtured and taken ahead in the respective fields.