National Girl Child Day in India Date in the current year: January 24, 2016

National Girl Child Day in India On January 24, Indians celebrate National Girl Child Day. It was established in 2008 to raise the consciousness of the society toward girl children and the need to respect and protect them. The celebration is coordinated by the Ministry of Women and Child Development.

National Girl Child Day in India aims to raise awareness about the inequality faced by the girls in the society and provide support and opportunities to Indian girls. In India, gender inequality exists in many areas, including legal rights, education, medical care, marriage, etc.

Depleting male to female ratio is one of the most serious demographic problems in India. It is caused by the practice of female foeticide. The selective abortion of female fetuses is common in the areas where sons are considered an “asset”, whereas daughters are regarded as a “liability”. Although female foeticide was outlawed in 1994, illegal abortions are widespread.

The Ministry of Women and Child Development believes that the improvement of the status of the girl child in India is one of the ways to fight female foeticide. It established National Girl Child Day to promote gender equality. Girls must be given equal treatments and opportunities, have access to education, be aware of their rights, and be treated with proper respect.

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