Asking people to shun the 18th century mindset of killing daughters and to stay away from “double standards” of differentiating between boys and girls, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday warned that if the mindset about girls was not changed it could lead to dangerous times for future generations.
Launching the nationwide ‘Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao’ (save girl child, educate her) campaign from Panipat in Haryana, the Prime Minister said that a determined effort was needed to counter the adverse sex ratio in the country.
“If we do not become aware and compassionate about this problem, we will be setting a dangerous precedent for future generations. The message has to go to every family, village and state in India.
“For every 1,000 boys born, 1,000 girls should also be born. In Haryana’s Mahendergarh district, for 1,000 boys born, only 775 girls are born. I want to ask you, if girls are not born, where you will get your daughter-in-law,” he said.
Saying that he was “pained” about the whole issue, Modi said: “People want an educated daughter-in-law but think many times before educating their own daughters. How long will we have double standards.”
“Our mental illness is responsible for this. We give a lot of importance to boys. Many women also do this. For how long will we look at girls as ‘paraya dhan’,” he said.
“From our mindset, we belong to the 18th century. We are not fit to be called people from the 21st century. In the 18th century, the girl child was allowed to see the mother’s face and then put in a milk utensil to kill her. We are worse as we kill our girls in the womb and don’t let them be born.”
Pointing to the incident of a boy, Prince, who fell into a borewell in Haryana a few years back, Modi said that everyone was concerned about the boy’s welfare.
“There was so much concern. But when girls are killed all around us, no one is bothered,” he said.