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A doctor from Pune has embarked on a mission to save the girl child. As part of which he not only waives the fees if a baby girl is born in his hospital, but also makes sure the little one gets a rousing welcome. As part of his ‘Beti Bachao Janandolan’ initiative; Dr Ganesh Rakh runs a maternity-cum-multispeciality hospital in Hadapsar area here in Maharashtra. He has been trying to create awareness against female foeticide and infanticide. He claims to have delivered more than 2,400 girl children in the last 11 years without charging fees from their parents and relatives.

The initiative started in 2012 at his Medicare Hospital has now spread across various states and in some African countries.

Dr Rakh said the small initiative that he started in 2012 at his Medicare Hospital has now spread across various states and in some African countries. Before 2012, in the initial years of the hospital, he came across different experiences here where in some cases if a girl was born, the family members would shy away from coming to see her. That picture struck him and gave him a fillip to do something to save the girl child and create awareness about gender equality.

As per our survey, of late there has been a remarkable drop in cases of female infanticide and this is a positive takeaway. Dr Shivdeep Undre, working at the same hospital, said as part of the mission; they are reaching out to various states in the country and conducting gender sensitisation programmes. Waseem Pathan, who was last month blessed with twins- a girl and a boy; said he was overwhelmed by the way the hospital staff welcomed the birth of his children.

By Ram

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