DNA | Last Modified - Jul 17, 2011, 05:28 AM IST
Pune: Lok Sabha MP from Baramati constituency, Supriya Sule, on Saturday said that she would launch a five-year statewide campaign against female foeticide from next month.
She was speaking after inaugurating a Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) school building in Warje area. Mayor Mohansingh Rajpal, leader of house in PMC, Subhash Jagtap; local corporator and former deputy mayor, Dililp Barate; spokesman of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Ankush Kakde and city president of NCP Vandana Chavan were present on the occasion.
Sule said female foeticide is a serious issue. She will launch an awareness campaign against female foeticide under the aegis of Yashwantrao Chavan Pratishthan.
Sule said the campaign will be inaugurated at Naigaon, the birthplace of Savitribai Phule on August 22 in presence of state home minister, RR Patil and state public works department minister, Chhagan Bhujbal. On that day, about 500 young girls from different parts of the state will start a march from Naigaon. She will walk with the troupe. Patil will also walk for a few kilometres along with his two daughters.
According to Sule, the state-level conclave would be organised in Pune for three days. About 3,000 young girls will participate in the conclave and will take oath that they would not allow sex determination tests.
Sule said that she had talked to all important leaders in the state government about the problem. The state government would organise various competitions for students in 2,000 colleges.
According to Sule, there is a need for social change to prevent female foeticide. She would be launching the campaign with great expectation. "All of us should demonstrate to the country that Maharashtra is a progressive state. Hence, everybody should join the campaign," Sule said.
Sule said that men too will be involved in the campaign. An effort will be made to involve doctors to stop female foeticide. Former deputy mayor, Dililp Barate, welcomed the gathering. Barate said that the development plan of 23 merged villages in PMC should be approved at the earliest.