For the next six years—thanks to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s determination to fight the country’s bias against daughters—Manseerat’s well-being and survival will be the responsibility of a 6-foot-tall man with piercing eyes and a full, flowing grey beard.
Ranjit Singh Buttar is a rare male gynaecologist here in this holy Sikh city, and as district health officer, he has many other tasks, including running rural health centres, delivering contraceptives and ensuring polio inoculations to every new born.
Amritsar is one of 100 Indian “gender-critical” districts—10 are in Punjab, among India’s five richest states by per capita income—included in Modi’s “Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao (Save a daughter, educate a daughter)” programme, launched in January to fight the nation’s deep-rooted bias against daughters.
“The discrimination against girls is an illness, an illness of the heart, which leads us to think sons are more important,” said Modi at the launch. “Even in feeding, a mother adds ghee to a son’s khichri but will deny this to a daughter.”
Read article by Aparna Kalra from India Spend.