From gurudwara, save girl child campaign reaches the church

March 22nd, 2009 - 11:01 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, March 22 (IANS) Nanhi Chhaan, an initiative to save the girl child which began at the Golden Temple in Amritsar last year, reached the Sacred Heart Cathedral in the capital Sunday with the Delhi government announcing its support to the cause.
Launching the initiative at the cathedral, Delhi Lt. Governor Tejendra Khanna said: “Faith can do miracles and bring about change where logic may fail. With religious communities - first at the gurudwara in Amritsar and now in the church - supporting it, the message will go out even stronger to the people that we have to save the girl child before it’s too late”.

Parts of Delhi - which are not necessarily economically backward - have some of the worst sex ratios in the country - at as low as 800 girls to 1,000 boys. Punjab similarly has a deplorable sex ratio.

The campaign will next travel to the dargah at Ajmer Sharif in Rajasthan.

Quoting Mahatma Gandhi who said that a prosperous and civilised society is the one which respects its women, the archbishop of Delhi, Vincent M. Concesso, said this campaign will get all the support from the church.

Besides campaigning for the girl child, Nanhi Chhaan also champions the cause to save trees and protect the environment.

“Through this campaign plant saplings are distributed to every family which has a girl child. The message through this is simple - just like our daughters grow up and take care of us, the sapling too grows up into a tree, its canopy acting like a shade in heat and rain,” Khanna said.

“Therefore, this campaign, which I have been associated with for quite some time, deserves all our support for our own sake. The Delhi government through its parks and gardens society will do all it can to protect the capital’s green cover,” Khanna said.

The campaign is also supported by some well known private schools like the Shri Ram school, Vasant Valley, and other government schools in Delhi.

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