kerala’s new born girls bring gold : In Kottakkal municipality of Kerala’s Muslim-dominated Malappuram district, girls bring joy as well as gold for their family. Yes, there is a municipal Councillor Abdul Raheem who has a very different way of celebrating the birth of a girl child in his ward. No one in his ward says,’oh its a girl’ in a depressed manner, instead they call up their Councillor who has been gifting a gold coin weighing one gram ( app. Rs 3000) to mothers, who give birth to a girl, for the last two years.“I have seen people cursing the birth of girls. No, not again is the common refrain in many families. But most of them are not aware they are the real wealth. Can we imagine a world without them?” the father of a four-year-old daughter asked. “In all religions and scriptures, girls find a prime place. But in real life, the situation is quite different. Our attitude should be changed,” he said.HT reported that in the recently-released global gender gap index, India was ranked 108 behind neighbouring Bangladesh. The World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Index said India has slipped 21 places. British journal Lancet published a study in 2011 in which it said that as many as 12 million Indian girls may have been selectively aborted between 1980 and 2010.
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