Beti Bachao Beti Padhao was a scheme initiated by the Central Government of India in the year 2015. It is an affirmative action towards the holistic development of the girl child. Women, since centuries, have borne the brunt of the stifling institution of patriarchy. This scheme, however, empowers girls and encourages them to become active citizens of the state. Read on to know 5 best features of the scheme.
It will improve the sex-ratio of the country
The scheme was launched in Haryana as the state is notorious for its skewed sex-ratio. Women live in a deplorable state and do not have any say in family matters. The scheme focusses at punishing the families who undergo sex-determination tests. The doctors, too, will be imprisoned. A proper record of the number of girls born in every district will be kept. It is said that the success of a country is gauged by the quality of life of its women. India can never prosper if it demeans its girl child.
Education for the girl child will be ensured.
The world is changing at an unprecedented rate. It is important to keep up with the ongoing trend. Women, across the world, are breaking numerous socio-economic barriers and proving their worth. The scheme, too, tries to ensure that all girls receive decent education and carve a bright future for them. If provided with the right atmosphere and continuous encouragement, girls carry the strength to prove their footing in every field possible.
Introducing gender equality in their syllabus.
Gender equality is a concept that needs to be hammered in the brains of children since birth. A lot of discrimination against the girl child is prevalent because the notion of gender equality seems alien to people. Including it in the curriculum will ensure that the next generation grows with a rational mindset. They will learn how not to give in to social pressures of conforming to gender roles and oppose the institutions that perpetuate these.
Preventing child marriages
Child marriages are a stigma on the Indian society. Girls, as young as 11, are married off to boys of their age or men who are many years elder to them. The brutal practice has been going on since ages and deserves a lot of condemnation. Child marriages jeopardize the dignity of a woman and hamper her emancipation. She remains illiterate and financially dependent on her husband for fulfilling her needs. Such girls are often victims of domestic violence and lead a life full of hardships. Jettisoning the practice is imperative to promote gender equality. According to “BetiBachaoBetiPadhao” scheme, Panchayats will be held accountable if child marriages take place.
Promotion of the concept of simple weddings
The Big Fat Indian Wedding stigmatizes the society and creates as unrelenting pressure on bride’s parents to spend a huge amount of money for their daughter’s marriage. BetiBachaoBetiPadhao scheme promotes the idea of simple weddings. A major reason why Indian girls are perceived as a “burden” is because of the extravagant weddings that the girl’s fathers are forced to organize. Dowry is another monumental factor that adds to the girl’s woes. The scheme specifically addresses this conundrum and plans to do away with it. “Mass weddings” is another solution that the government has proposed to cut down the costs incurred by the father.
Schemes like BetiBachaoBetiPadhao are important to uplift women and their status. The birth of a girl child and her education will eventually make the society a better place to live in. Isn’t the idea of having more doctors, teachers and engineers a fascinating one?
Charvi Kathuria is an aspiring Freelance Writer. These days, she is scrutinising everything and anything that comes her way. Reading has become her favourite past time. She calls this hobby of hers, "food for brain".