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National Girl Child Day at Banasthali

01-24-2018 04:59 PM CET | Politics, Law & Society

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National Girl Child Day at Banasthali

National Girl Child Day at Banasthali

Gender equality is indeed more than a goal in itself as it is a precondition for meeting the challenges of reducing poverty, promoting sustainable development and building good governance.

According to Dr. Sharada Srinivasan, Associate Professor University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada who is a well known researcher in the area of female infanticide, “Stemming from a deep unwantedness of daughters, sex selection is today in India a national problem and Sex selection is in the first instance an extreme form of gender discrimination and an act of violence.”

In order to emphasize the importance of women in the larger interests of the nation building task, Govt of India in 2009 had declared January 24 as National Girl Child Day. Further from 2015, the Beti Bachao Beti Padhao yojana by Govt of India has added momentum to the National Girl Child day activities. India today however, continues to need a sustained campaign to highlight the evils of female foeticide, female infanticide and girl discrimination in matters of health, nutrition, education and opportunities.

Banasthali is one institution for which Girl Child Day is just not one day but 24x7x365. On 24 Jan 2018, to mark National Girl Child Day, the Innovative Chemical Engineer’s Club – ICE organized a talk by Ms Momina Zahan from the Jamnalal Bajaj School of Legal Studies at Banasthali. She has done her LL.M. (2008 – 2009 ) from University of Aberdeen , Scotland and her area of specialization is Criminal Justice Administration and also holds MBA (2006 – 2007) Marketing & HR from Glendale University, California USA. She obtained her LLB from University of Delhi 2001 – 2004) and BSc Zoology from Guwahati University (1997 – 2000). Her research interests include Violence against Women & Children & their prosecution system. She works for various social causes and her language proficiency includes Assamese, Bengali, English, Hindi and Urdu.

Miss Swayam Rampal President of the ICE Club welcomed the speaker with a bouquet and Prof Natarajan of Chemical Engineering introduced her to the audience. Ms Momina in her speech highlighted various legal aspects pertaining to the girl child which included prevention of child marriage act 2006, special marriage act 1954, dowry prohibition act 1961, Indian Divorce act 1969, maternity benefits act 1961, medical termination of pregnancy act 1971, sexual harassment of women at workplace act 2013, indecenet representation of women act 1986, criminal law amendment 1996, Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques - PCPNDT act 2006, DVA - Domestic Violence Act 2005, Immoral Traffic Prevention act 1956, Hindu Women’s Right to property act 1937 etc. The talk was followed by a question answer session. Ms Dolly Aswani final year graduating chemical engineering student gave vote of thanks and presented a glittering memento to Ms Momina Zahan on behalf of the Banasthali ICE club.

The students and faculty who attended the talk left with beaming faces and pride that they were indeed part of an institution which is a jewel in the crown among the women’s universities not only in India today but across the globe.

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About Banasthali: The Institution which is also the largest fully residential women’s university in the world has played a big role in revolutionizing women’s education in the country for the last eight decades with a belief that there is a tremendous role of higher education in empowering the women. Banasthali has scripted numerous success stories in a wide range of fields, and stands tall among the citadels of learning in India today. Team Banasthali with Vice Chancellor J C Bose Memorial Award for eminent scientist recipient Prof Aditya Shastri a highly acclaimed alumnus of BITS Pilani, SUNY State University of New York Stony Brook and MIT USA is indeed racing forward to be the very best among global women universities. Proud to be Banasthali alumni who call themselves as Banasthalites can be found in all latitudes, longitudes and altitudes in all walks of life across the globe.

Banasthali University
P.O. Banasthali Vidyapith
Rajasthan – 304022
Phone 91 1438 228456 / 228341

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