January 31st, 2012
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Bihar celebrates birth of girl child

bihar female feoticide Patna: Bhagalpur in Bihar is proving they are worth emulating by the rest of the nation. In a country where female infanticide is as high as 500,000 every year, the attitude of the villager’s of Dharhara village, comes as a pleasant surprise and assuagement.

Every family in Dharhara plants a fruit bearing tree on the birth of a girl child. The fruits provide financial insurance for the girl as the family deposits the money by selling them in her name. The money, which multiplies in the course of time, is spent during the marriage of the girl.

Dharhara village, about 40 km from Bhagalpur, was popularized by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. The theme of Bihar’s tableau in this year’s Republic Day parade, was the planting of trees by families on birth of a girl child. Mr Nitish Kumar even launch a welfare scheme “Pahli Kilkari Yojna” from there on Environment Day last year.

“The village sends an important message not only to other parts of Bihar but outside too…it should be popularized across the country. Besides, financially empowering the girl, the custom has a positive impact on the environment of the area,” BJP spokesman and Bhagalpur MP Mr Hussain said.

Sub-Divisional Officer (SDO) of Naughachia, Sushil Kumar said the government provides all possible help to the village to encourage this practice which has spread to many other neighbouring areas.


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