NEW DELHI -- This Republic Day, Haryana is celebrating girls and their families at local events across the state.
To reinforce the value of having a girl child, the state government has sent out invitations for front row seats at Republic Day events to over two lakh families - addressed to the girl child - The Indian Express reported on Sunday.
Local schools helped identify families with girls, who were born between January and December, last year.
“We wanted to make the parents feel that it was because of their daughters that they were receiving respect. We want the perception about the girl child to change," an official told the newspaper.
Despite various efforts and schemes by successive governments, the sex ratio continues to fall.
The child sex ratio for the whole country now stands at 918, dipping further from 927 in 2001, and reaching the lowest level since 1961. In Haryana, the child sex ratio is 834, according to the 2011 census.
Not only is Haryana's Department of Education sending out invitations to families for local events in their villages, the flag-hoisting on Republic Day will also be done by the village's most educated girl, IE reported.
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