Under the patronage of Justice Gita Mittal, Chief Justice High Court of Indian union territory of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) and patron-in-Chief of Jammu and Kashmir State Legal Services Authority (J&K SLSA), “International Day of the Girl Child” was observed through District Legal Services Authorities (DLSA) in all districts of the union territory of J&K and Ladakh.
The objective behind observing this day across the globe is to celebrate the capabilities, strength and importance of girl child nationally and globally, mobilizing efforts to highlight the challenges faced by them and recognize their rights and fulfill their requirements.
DLSA Udhampur celebrated the day by organizing online “Mushaira” with participation of renowned poets Rekha Thakur and Kusum Sharma along with girl students and housewives from remote areas of the district. The programme was attended by Judicial Officers of the district, NCC and NSS units of Government College for Women in Udhampur, Government Boys School, Nagrota and J&K Pride Institute.
District Legal Services Authorities in Kathua celebrated the day by holding a drawing competition in ten schools of the district where the children made the drawings amid observance of all government SOPs regarding Covid-19.
DLSA Samba commemorated the day by organizing a series of activities including a virtual inter-generational conversation highlighting the potential and capabilities of girl child as a prospective change-maker for the society. Physical Training session was also organized for imparting skill of self-defense and practicing it on a daily basis for enhanced physical and mental strength.
Besides, door to door outreach was also undertaken by the Para Legal Volunteers for imparting awareness on education of Girl Child in furtherance of “Beti Bachao Beti Padhao” at Rajpura, Bari Brahmana and Ghagwal areas of district Samba.
DLSA Anantnag and DLSA Poonch organized awareness programmes in celebration of the day at various places in their respective districts. DLSA Budgam held an awareness programme at Gopal Pora, Chadoora with participation of orphan girl students of Gulshan-e-Bannate Institute of Education on the theme “My Voice-Our Equal Future”.
DLSA Bhaderwah observed the day by organizing awareness programmes through PLVs at various locations in the district with the objective to empower girl child and enable them to enjoy their rights so that they can face the challenges in life.
DLSA Leh also observed the day by organizing an awareness programme at Skill Training Centre in Leh. Spalzes Angmo, Secretary DLSA, and Nawang Norboo, Assistant Prosecuting Officer were the resource persons on the occasion.
In Reasi, the Day was celebrated at Mahore where an awareness camp was organized in which the PLVs and general public participated.
DLSA Ramban observed the day by organizing programmes at High School Sachan, Ukhral and Gool with the objective to spread message about the importance of the day.
DLSA Bandipora organized a webinar to celebrate the day which was attended by panel lawyers and PLVs. DLSA Kupwara also organized an online programme in observance and celebration of the day. The day was similarly observed by DLSAs of other districts across UTs of J&K and Ladakh with great fervor and enthusiasm amid observance of all prescribed norms and SOP’s regarding COVID-19.
In Ganderbal district, Deputy Commissioner Shafqat Iqbal flagged off the ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ rally from the Mini Secretariat Complex to create awareness among the people to save and educate the girl child.
Aanganwari workers, CDPOs, DPO and other departmental officials participated in the rally which went through the town under the slogan of ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’. For the awareness, two ‘Ladli Express Vans’ mounted with loud speakers were also flagged off which will go through the villages of district to disseminate the message on importance of girls.
Meanwhile, in Kulgam, an awareness programme was organized by Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) where Deputy Commissioner Showkat Aijaz Bhat highlighted importance of girls and their education. He said that girls now are competing equally in all fields and are serving in different departments and fields with best capacities.
In Budgam, an awareness programme was organized under the supervision and guidance of Chairman District Legal Services Authority Budgam (DLSA), Raja Shujat Ali Khan.
The theme of this year’s programme was “My Voice-Our Equal Future”. The programme was presided over by sub judge Chadoora Manzoor Ahmad Khan and Chaired by Patron in chief, J&K Yateem Trust, Z.A.Tak.
The programme was attended by about 150 orphan girls of the Bannat Institution of Education. Secretary DLSA Budgam gave a detailed presentation regarding rights of girl child and ways to stop abuse. In his presidential address, Chairman TLSA Chadoora, spoke about the property rights of orphans and how they can claim them.
In Baramulla, Integrated Child Development Services project Baramulla celebrated a day long function at Dak Bungalow in connection with the international girl child day. The programme was organized under the centrally sponsored Beti Bachao Beti Padhao (BBBP) scheme. Deputy Commissioner of Baramulla, Dr G.N Itoo presided over the function as chief guest whereas officers of different departments showed their participation.
On the occasion, various women speakers from different walks of life highlighted the importance of educating and securing a girl child and exhorted upon strict enforcement of relevant rules and regulations. Also, some cultural activities and other related events viz debates, discussions were performed by the girl students. Best performing students were given awards for their felicitation. Deputy Commissioner, in his speech complimented the participants and said that effective implementation of BBBP has always remained in his priority areas. He also distributed nine tablets and a laptop among the meritorious girl students for their felicitation. He also distributed baby kits among some lactating mothers, terming it as a move to empower women and make them self-reliant.
District Administration of Pulwama, in collaboration with Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS) Department celebrated National Girl Child Day under the banner of Beti Bachao Beti Padhao at Government Degree College for Women.
On the occasion, Additional Deputy Commissioner, Pulwama, Mohammad Altaf Khan said that the celebration of this day is to increase living space of girls in the society. “Be it sports, literature, science or education, the girls have proven their mettle in every field which needs to be appreciated and felicitated,” he said.
He further said that all the line departments should work in tandem to address the skewed sex ratio.
Meanwhile, sports activities were also performed by the girls of various schools organized by District youth services and sports department, Pulwama. Later, Khan felicitated the mothers of newly born girl child with baby kits and handed over ‘Ladli Beti’ sanction letters.
Similar functions were held in sub divisions Awantipora and Tral where Additional Deputy Commissioners presided over the functions. The functions exhibited colorful sporting events and cultural activities besides felicitation of newly born girl children under Beti Bachao Beti Padhao.