Bikaner Dr Puneet Kalra adopts girls to give them better education

In country like India where the girl child was killed even before she opened her eyes, girls are being adopted by the people. Bikaner based Dentist Dr. Puneet Kalra has adopted 5 girls in the past few days. All the adopted girls are either the school dropouts or could not attend the school due to financial reasons. The names of the girls adopted are: Amisha, 15, Abhishiksha, 10, Yogita, 8, Shivani, 5, and Simran, 4. He has set an example to our nation by giving a healing touch of father to these girls as they are now be able to attend the school without facing any hurdles to become a proud citizen of our country.

The girls are being adopted shows the drastic change in traditional thinking of the people of India. Here we can take one more recent example where Bikaner based Thoracic surgeon Dr Vikram Tanwar has adopted two girls in past few months.

To improve the sex ratio in Bikaner “Doctors for Daughters” scheme was launched by the former collector Aarti Dogra to involve medical practitioners of Bikaner. Till date due to the involvement of the doctors 40 girls who belong to lower strata of society have got a good home to live and the best to eat and drink besides good education.

Dr Puneet Kalra adopts girls
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Dr. Punnet Kalra while appreciating the efforts taken by Dogra said, “This is a good scheme. It’s good to be able to help educate these girls so they can build a better life for themselves.”

The initiative was taken when the Census 2011 revealed that the child sex ratio in Rajasthan has been decreasing since last few years. The ratio between girls per 1,000 boys stood at 883 in 2011 which is quite less then what was in the year 2001. The child sex ratio in Bikaner is 908 in 2011, down from 920 in 2001. In Pali district too, the ratio stood at 899 in 2011, as against 925 in 2001.

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As such the adoption did by the doctors is not legal, but they have signed an affidavit agreeing that they will completely fund the education and personal expenses of the girls. Every month they will also be required to send progress Report to the CMHO. Every doctor will bear the expense of around Rs. 7000 to Rs.10000 on every child every month.

Bikaner chief medical and health officer, Devendra Choudhary while sharing the information on genesis said: “A survey done by the child rights department in 2014 revealed that many girls from poor backgrounds wanted to study, but were forced to drop out (of school) because their families either could not or did not (want to) send them school.”

Following the example set by the doctors of Bikaner, Pali district doctors also are planning to adopt the girl child and bear all the educational and personal expenses arising on the part of the girls. While taking to the media and press, Dr Surendra Singh Shekhawat, chief medical and health officer, told “Traditionally Marwar has a low child sex ratio and girls are seen as inferior to boys”.

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