The state social welfare department and NGOs came together to celebrate National Girl Child Day on Thursday by kicking off an awareness drive to empower girls.
Girls' Empowerment Awareness Week was launched at Short Stay Home on the premises of Kishori Niketan at Bijupara in Ranchi's Chanho block. It is being organised jointly by city-based NGOs Bharatiya Kisan Sangh (BKS), Save the Children and social welfare department. Chief guests were DGP G.S. Rath and director of social welfare department K.K. Soan. Around 2,000 girls, all victims of trafficking, were present at the function.
According to Sanjay Mishra, executive director of BKS, the weeklong drive will witness programmes aimed at generating awareness about the need to view girls as equals. The word will be spread through nukkad nataks and debates on trafficking, education, female foeticide, child marriage and child labour at ICDS centres and schools.
"Unless we empower girls, people's mindset will not change, as girls are always looked down as weaker section of our society," said Rath.
However, he added police were sensitive towards the trafficking issue and was handling all cases efficiently.
Echoing Rath, director of social welfare department K.K. Soan said, "We are committed to empower girls. We are already running Mukyamantri Laxmi Ladli Yojana and working on livelihood promotion programme for girls."
Another voluntary organisation, Vikas Bharti, hosted a programme, Mera Bachpan Mera Adhikar, at Arogya Bhavan where girls presented short skits on social issues like women's education and female foeticide.
Chief guest was head of the journalism department, Ranchi University, Rita Shukla, who spoke about girls' rights and their security.