Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao – A campaign gone wrong

Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao – A campaign gone wrong

India is a rapidly progressing country. We’re acing at improving the technical and infrastructural situation in our country, however, we have been lacking in humanity. For hundreds of years, we have witnessed masses not being happy on the birth of a girl child – not only in rural areas but also in urban, educated cities.  

According to reports, gender bias kills over 200,000 girls in India, each year. These numbers are particularly higher in northern states like Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, and Rajasthan. It was reported that female foeticide takes away a whopping 2.4 million lives in a decade.

Along with many other reasons, discrimination against girls and the technological progress of the country has resulted in the rise of female foeticide. The consequence? A continuous drop in the sex ratio and the constant rise of women harassment and abuse.

To add to this, girls are not allowed to opt for higher education and pursue their dreams. Despite various campaigns and strategies, it made only a little difference to educate the people of India about the severity of the situation.

The Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao campaign took flight under PM Narendra Modi’s rule in 2015. This campaign has had two main aims. The quantitative one was to address the declining sex ratio in India, while the qualitative one was to change mindsets regarding the girl child.

Four years after this campaign was initiated, the reports shown are disheartening. Hundreds of thousands of rupees were spent under this campaign. However, not how we were assuming. 56% of the funds were used only for the ‘media related activities’ of the campaign. On the contrary, less than 25% of the funds were distributed to the needy districts. To add to this, over 19% of the funds weren’t even released by the government.

Focusing on the first phase of the scheme, this campaign concentrated on 100 districts with a comparatively lower sex ratio. In the second phase, another 61 districts were added to the scheme. Taking into account the 161 districts, the effect has been very disappointing. In 53 out of these 161 districts, the sex ratio has dropped.

One of the main reasons for this failure is because the Government hasn’t been releasing funds effectively and is spending more than necessary on the publicity of the campaign. At a time where women empowerment, safety, and upliftment should be the main focus of our country, all we think about is how a girl child is a burden to the family.

We, as a nation, should encourage women to do better their lives, after all, ‘If you educate a man, you educate a person. If you educate a woman, you educate a family’. Instead, all that the Government is concerned about is how much publicity the campaign is getting. At this rate, we wonder how soon we’ll be able to improve the condition of women in the country. It’s high time a leader with integrity takes over and brings justice to the women of the society.