Mail News Service
Chaibasa, Jan 29: In his welcome address during celebration of ‘National Girl Child Day’ Special guest District Civil Surgeon Dr Om Prakash Singh observed, “We are well aware that the process of creation will be incomplete without the girl child. Hence it is our greatest responsibility to nurture the female offspring, protect and educate her and give her equal status in society.”
The National Girl Child Day was organized under the aegis of Centre for Catalyzing Change (C 3) in association with the Health and Social Welfare Departments at the Bharati Bhawan in Chaibasa. Civil Surgeon Dr Om Prakash Singh inaugurated the proceedings by lighting the traditional lamp. In his welcome address Dr Singh emphasized on the importance of the girl child in society. He expressed his gratitude to the Centre for Catalyzing Change (C 3) for drawing attention of society through its various projects on the allround development of the girl child.
Little girls presented an incisive play on the curse of child marriage and human trafficking.
Chief guest, Jharkhand Minister for Women’s Welfare, Child Development and Social Security, Joba Majhi said, “Be it at home or society, a girl child is subjected to discrimination be it in the realms of right to education, nutrition and health, security and respect, legal rights or child marriage against her wishes. Her life is put to the sword at every point. The only recourse to such unwarranted social attitude is to unite and protest such practices so that the girl child can be provided a normal, healthy, protected life and stepping stones to success and self respect.”
C 3 representative Avinash Kumar spelling out the purpose of observing National Girl Child Day stated that it was to wring in a new order in social outlook towards the girl child so that she does not fall prey to discrimination and is provided her due legal rights. He said, “The day is observed to make the family and partners in the social framework aware that a girl child is not a curse but an essential gift of creation that ensures life on earth. It has been through 15 years that we in association with the School Education and Literacy Department, Health Department and Social Welfare Department have been endeavoring to provide ideal footing to both, the girl and male children to enable them to play positive and constructive roles in society and lead lives of respect and self assurance.”