Former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Saturday announced the formation of a 'Beti Bachao' committee in all the colonies of Bhopal commencing from Sunday. The decision has been taken to ensure the safety of girls in the state.
Addressing the media, Chouhan said that religious and social organisations will be a part of the campaign:
"Members of religious and social organisations gathered together today. To ensure the safety of daughters, it was decided that 'Beti Bachao' committee will be formed in all colonies of Bhopal, the campaign begins tomorrow. Leaders of various organisations will visit colonies tomorrow and form committees," he said while speaking to media in Bhopal on Saturday.
The former MP Chief Minister also stated that the campaigners of 'Beti Bachao' will march on July 7 in Bhopal with an aim to provide protection to the girl child and will also demand 'hanged to the death penalty' for rapists.
He further added that 26 convicts have been sentenced to death, but none of them have been hanged yet:
"We will send one lakh postcards to Chief Justice of India urging him for the hand to death punishment for rapists," he added.
The 'Beti Bachao Beti Padhao Yojana' (BBBP) was launched by the Prime Minister on 22nd January,2015 in Panipat, Haryana. The BBBP takes into account the declining Child Sex Ratio (CSR) and addresses a wide range of issues related to women empowerment. The BBBP is a joint effort by Ministries of Women and Child Development, Health and Family Welfare and Human Resource Development. The NDA government in its second term is aiming to bring a drastic shift in society's perception of the girl child.