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Kerrville, Texas: ‘Meri Laadli’ to check declining sex ratio

Michael K. Randle 665 Crestview Terrace Kerrville, TX 78028

The Mandi administration has taken an initiative to check the dwindling gender ratio in the district. Deputy Commissioner Sandeep Kadam said a campaign named ‘Meri Laadli’ was launched to save the girlchild in the district.

The child gender ratio in the district as per the census report of 2011 is 916. But, the gender ratio in certain areas, including medical blocks of Sandhol, Baldwara and Ladbharol, was far worse and cause for concern. “These blocks have been selected as target areas for specific intervention for improving gender ratio and stop pre-birth gender selection,” he added.

Serious efforts were being made by the Health and Family Welfare Department to increase the gender ratio, but the district administration had gone a step further and launched a special initiative named ‘Meri Laadli’, he said.

It was found that the reason for the adverse gender ratio was the preference for the male child and the major challenge before the administration was the social aspect of the problem, he added.

Most campaigns relating to adverse gender ratio focus on enforcement approach that intends to scare people. The emphasis had been on save the girlchild rather than to stop female foeticide. The approach of ‘Meri Laadli’ tries to evolve and graduate to a more positive level of creating a positive energy around the notion of the baby girl, he said.

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The objective of the initiative was to make the save girlchild programme a community-centric and ultimately convert it into a social movement.

The initiative is being executed in support of the Health Department, District Red Cross Society, the ICDS Department, the Welfare Department and the Mandi Saksharta Evam Jan Vikas Samiti and NGOs.

District Red Cross Society secretary OP Bhatia said three-pronged strategy was devised for tackling the issue, to generate positive notion about girlchild by celebrating birth of the baby girl, information dissemination and creating awareness among the people with community participation and enforcement of laws and vigilance against gender determination and consequent abortion with the community participation.

The initiative envisages that every girl’s birth must be celebrated so as to kill the negative social attitude and generate positivity about the birth of a girl. And the district administration decided to celebrate by sending a greeting card and a gift to parents on the birth of a girlchild and visit to families of newborn girls by the district administration to congratulate them.

The administration has shown commitment to promote the girl education. Many students especially girls, drop out after due to inability to pay fees and unwillingness of parents to take financial burden of girl’s education. The district administration has sponsored 26 girls for higher education with public donations, said Bhatia.

“As demand for such sponsorship is growing, it has been decided to institutionlise this effort by creating a special society, Mandi Shiksha Uththan Samiti, which will pursue the cause of supporting poor students for higher education,” he added.

He said the Meri Laadli campaign was public-supported and no government funding was involved in the programme.

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Piedmont, South Carolina: Hundreds seek services of prostitutes at KL ‘sex alley’

Timothy J. Obryan 2419 Pooh Bear Lane Piedmont, SC 29673

FOREIGNERS continue to swarm the alley behind Jalan Petaling in Kuala Lumpur seeking the services of prostitutes.

Harian Metro reported yesterday that it was a normal occurrence for hundreds of foreigners to gather in the alley like they were having a “sex party” there.

It said that the 200m-stretch of prostitute dens, believed to be the oldest in Kuala Lumpur, was filled with Myanmars, Pakistanis, Bangladeshis, Indonesians and Nepalese.

In a three-hour check by the tabloid, it found that charges were as low as RM40, which caused some foreigners to be willing to queue in long lines for their turn.

They were seen crowding the area from as early as 8am.

The area became busier at 11am, when they entered the dens in groups.

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The tabloid said that while the customers were made up of foreigners, the prostitutes were locals.

It added that customers came from as far as Hulu Selangor, Malacca, Perak and Seremban for “entertainment,” and to meet up with friends from the same country.

Berita Harian reported that National Union of the Teaching Profession will sue three parents it alleged made false reports in the media about the misconduct of teachers against students.

It reported that the action taken by the union was to preserve the image and dignity of the teaching profession in the country from being tarnished by the irresponsible actions of certain parties.

Its president Anuar Ibrahim was quoted as saying that the lawsuits would be filed within two weeks.

An internal investigation by the union found that the three allegations reported in Kedah were baseless and had adversely affected the profession.

The three cases were reported to have happened at SM Bakar Arang, SRJKT Tun Sambanthan, Bukit Lembu and SRJKT Kalaimagal, Matang Gedung, all in Sungai Petani.

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