Modi Seeks End To Killing Of Girl Child

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked the people to save the lives of girl children and administered them an oath to fight female foeticide and celebrate the birth of girls and educate them.
  • Mr. Modi was launching the Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao (save daughters, educate daughters) scheme, which seeks to address gender imbalance and discrimination against the girl child.
  • He said daughters were considered paraya dhan(others’ property) as they would leave the family after marriage and not looked after well as sons were.
  • Mr. Modi asked doctors if female foeticide was the only way to earn money.
  • He launched the “Sukanya Samruddhi” account scheme, under which accounts could be opened for girls from the time of their birth till their attaining the age of 10.
  • The account can be opened with Rs. 1,000 and Rs. 1.5 lakh deposited in it in a financial year.
  • Mr. Modi said interest income and withdrawals from the scheme had been exempted from tax.
  • A postage stamp was released on the Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao scheme.