GOVT TO SET UP PANEL, PM CALLS FOR RESPECT TO WOMEN
NEW DELHI: A daughter not only has the right to live but also the right to honour, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Friday, amid a nationwide debate on sexual harassment of women following the MeToo online campaign — an issue that his cabinet colleague Maneka Gandhi said could be taken up by a new committee of former judges and lawyers.
The Prime Minister was speaking about his ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ (save the daughter, educate the daughter) programme at a function of the National Human Rights Commission.
“Some narrow-minded people considered a girl child as unwanted and killed them in the wombs,” Modi said in his address, referring to the banned practice of foeticide.
The Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao campaign, he said, had led to an increase in the number of girl children in states such as Haryana and Rajasthan.
“Many innocent lives found their right to live. (But) the meaning of life is not just breathing. Honour is equally important,” he said.