The Telegraph
Wednesday , June 25 , 2014
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Fight for the girl child

In their first campaign in the current financial year, Marwari Yuva Manch launched crusades against environment pollution and female infanticide.

The Manch, one of the most active social outfits in the steel city, organised an awareness rally from the Bistupur Post Office to the SCCI office on Tuesday.

Ruchi Narendran, social worker and wife of Tata Steel managing director T.V. Narendran, flagged off the procession, which was named Beti-Vasundhara Bachao Rally. Sonam Agarwal, wife of Jamipol managing director Adarsh Agarwal, was also present on the occasion.

“Save the girl child campaign should not be restricted to an awareness rally. A solution to this social evil can only emerge through discussions, as it requires attitudinal change over a period of time. Even now, people prefer boys to girls in urban areas. I have been lucky to be one among three sisters and doubly blessed to have a wonderful daughter,” said Narendran, while addressing a short function before the flag-off ceremony.

Nearly 100 people participated in the 2km rally. When the rally finally culminated at the SCCI office, members of the Manch took a pledge of duty.

Marwari Yuva Manch organises a number of social activities throughout the year. The outfit conducts sessions on cancer awareness, eye and blood donation camps and arranges artificial limbs for those in need.

This apart, the Manch also arranges polio corrective surgeries and installs water kiosks at various locations in the city.

“We wanted to start the year with some good work. After reading in newspapers about women being forced to undergo pre-natal tests, we thought of taking up this cause. Besides carrying out the save girl child campaign, we will also spread awareness regarding environment conservation,” said Mantu Agarwal, president of Marwari Yuva Manch.