Monday, February 6, 2023

President Murmu stresses on empowering daughters

President Droupadi Murmu on Wednesday stressed empowering daughters as she interacted with ASHA workers and women sportspersons of Haryana and learnt about their experiences in their respective fields.
Murmu made these remarks during her two-day visit to Haryana.
She said that women should be made more and more strong, asserting that they face many challenges and obstacles in their lives.
“They should not be left alone…,” Murmu said.
She said daughters should be empowered for society and the country.
Haryana Governor Bandaru Dattatreya and Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar were also present during the interaction programme.
During the programme, an ASHA (Accredited Social Health Activist) worker from Ambala, who is also associated with the ‘Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao’ campaign shared her experiences about a drive against illegal sex determination tests.
She said she took part in 19 raids conducted by the state health department against the illegal sex determination tests.
She also shared how she prevented her neighbour from carrying out an abortion after she had undergone the sex determination test. The Asha worker said the girl is now seven-year-old and she was being well taken care of by the family.
When the President asked the ASHA worker whether she gets support from her family when she has to go out for work at night, the worker replied she gets full support from her family as they know she is performing a job of saving the lives of girls.
Auxiliary Nurse Midwife (ANM) worker posted in the Jhajjar district said she had worked in decoy operations against sex determination tests and had helped in the arrest of 10 persons and a nurse.
Anganwadi worker Karamjit Kaur said after the ‘Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao’ campaign was launched in 2015, several awareness campaigns and rallies were undertaken.
She said in the Yamunanagar district, the sex ratio has improved from 818 to 938 females per 1,000 males.
The President also interacted with women sportspersons who brought laurels for the state and the country in their respective sports.
A woman mountaineer, who is now serving as a police inspector in Haryana shared her life experiences and said she drove a tractor and did farming.
Pooja Sihag, the bronze medalist in the women’s freestyle 76 kg category in the 2022 Commonwealth Games, said it was her father’s dream that she becomes a sportsperson.
She also said after her father’s death, her mother always motivated her to move forward.
To this, the President said how much strength a mother has should always be told.
At the end of the programme, President Murmu said she felt happy to note how much energy the women have and stressed, “this ‘urja’ should not remain limited within a family.”
Haryana CM Khattar said that the perceptions of daughters have changed now and people celebrate the birth of girls.

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