Discrimination against girl child in India has been going on since ages now. Even today, there are many sections of the Indian society where the girl child is treated as a burden. It is in such custom prevalent in many villages, Muzaffarnagar homes put up plaques with daughters' names as mark of respect to girl child. This initiative is a result of a campaign launched a few weeks ago by the Department of Women and Child Development. several homes in Muzaffarnagar district, which is known for its strong patriarchal system, have put up nameplates with their daughters' names written on them.
It is reported that More than 200 name plates with names of daughters were put up on the doors of the houses in various villages in the last few days. The campaign is still going on," said district probation officer Mohammed Mustaqeem. The initiative is a result of a campaign launched a few weeks ago by the Department of Women and Child Development. The families with no daughters were told to put the names of their women members. Like people can put the names of their wives or mothers on the nameplate," he said.
Officials have toured scores of villages to encourage people to adopt this new practice and the majority of them have gladly accepted the proposal. A similar movement had evoked an encouraging response in Punjab and Haryana, which had dismal gender ratios. Now Uttar Pradesh has adopted the campaign to stem rising cases of crime against women.